Vincent van Gogh, (Dutch, 1853–1890)
Oil on canvas; 60.3 x 73.7 cm (23 3/4 x 29 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Loeb, 1962, Metropolitan Museum #62.24
From info card:|
"For Van Gogh, oleanders were joyous, life-affirming flowers that bloomed 'riotiously' and were 'continually renewing' themselves. In this painting of August 1888 the flowers fill a majolica jug that the artist used for other still lifes made in Arles. They are symbolically juxtaposed with Émile Zola's La joie de vivre, a novel that Van Gogh had placed in contrast to an open Bible in a Nuenen still life of 1885."