History of Art

Van Gogh Iris paintings

We are all familiar with Van Gogh’s sunflowers, but much less is known about his series of iris paintings. They were painted in the hospital garden at Saint Paul-de-Mausole asylum near Provence in 1890, the year before he died. He called painting ‘the lightening conductor for my illness,’ because he felt that he could keep himself from going insane by continuing to paint.