Arts Everyday Living:Through the Eyes of Van Gogh-January Gift from Vincent, The Art of Fruit

Vincent van Gogh, Still Life of Oranges and Lemons with Blue Gloves, 1889, oil on canvas, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Title: Still Life of Oranges and Lemons with Blue Gloves, 1889

Artist: Vincent van Gogh, 1889

If you were an artist, what kind of still life would you paint? Would you choose fruit like Vincent van Gogh? Arranging the oranges and lemons in the middle of the canvas, attracting the viewer to their warm colors. Yet aren’t they uneven in number and rather randomly placed within the border of the wicker basket? Do you think the gloves are casually laid too on the table? However, does the vibrant tone of the blue energize the overall painting? Just as the rapid movement of Vincent’s brushstrokes animates the cypress bushes in the background.

Vincent created Still Life of Oranges and Lemons with Blue Gloves in January according to one of his letters to his brother Theo.







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