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Van Gogh Irises Paper Watch

Our paper watch features a detail from Van Gogh's 1889 painting Irises in the Getty's collection.

- Dimensions: 9 1/2 inches L x 1 1/4 inches W
- Materials: Tear-resistant and water-repellent Tyvek paper, LR41 battery (replaceable)
- Digital display for time and date
- Made in Germany
- Item #: 3121W

A severe mental health crisis, in which he cut off his ear, prompted Van Gogh to admit himself to the Saint-Paul Asylum at Saint-Rémy in the south of France. His recuperation began with a painting of the asylum garden, Irises chief among them. The close study of nature was the foundation of Van Gogh’s art, as his precise delineation of individual flowers suggests, but he also brought to that study an astonishing degree of subjective intensity. We feel this in the painting’s strong colors, thickly applied paint, and powerful decorative rhythms, all of which convey the artist’s sense of nature’s surging vitality.

Irises
Vincent Van Gogh
Dutch, Saint-Rémy, France, 1889
oil on canvas
29 1/4 inches x 37 1/8 inches
90.PA.20