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Van Gogh Irises Paper Bookmark

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This artful bookmark depicts a detail of one of the J. Paul Getty Museum's most popular paintings, Irises, by Vincent van Gogh.

- Dimensions: 2 inches x 6.75 inches
- Material: Cover stock
- Item #: GBM56

In May 1889, after episodes of mental illness, Vincent van Gogh chose to enter an asylum in Saint-Rémy, France. There, in the last year before his death, he created almost 130 paintings. Within the first week, he began Irises, working from nature in the asylum's garden. The cropped composition, divided into broad areas of vivid color with monumental irises overflowing its borders, was probably influenced by the decorative patterning of Japanese woodblock prints. Each iris painted by Van Gogh is unique. He carefully studied their movements and shapes to create a variety of curved silhouettes bounded by wavy, twisting, and curling lines. The painting's first owner, French art critic Octave Mirbeau, one of Van Gogh's earliest supporters, wrote: 'How well he has understood the exquisite nature of flowers!'

Irises
Vincent van Gogh, Dutch
Saint-Rémy, France 1889
Oil on canvas 28 x 36 5/8 inches
90.PA.20