Van Gogh Series: Butterflies
Vincent Van Gogh - "Two White Butterflies" - 1889 - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
van Gogh in 1889 and 1890. Van Gogh made some paintings of butterflies and a butterfly. For Van Gogh, the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly is symbolic of the capacity of men and women for transformation.
The difference between butterflies and moths: butterflies are more colorful and fly during the day. The butterfly wings are not attached and fold together when in the resting position. The moths are not very colorful, fly at night and have wings attached. There are some exceptions, however, like some types of colorful butterflies.
Butterflies are found in art and literature, often as symbols of freedom, transformation and life. Van Gogh used butterflies in his works, as a symbol of hope.
One of his favorite metaphors was about transformational possibilities. In a letter to his sister Wil, Van Gogh says "he as a painter must paint pictures, possibly something else will come after that." When he needed comfort, nature was where Van Gogh went to find peace. Van Gogh arrived in Arles, in southern France, when he was about 35 years old.
Vincent Van Gogh - "Grass and Butterflies" - 1889 - Van Gogh Museum There he began to produce some of his best works. The sunflower paintings, the most recognizable paintings of Van Gogh, were created at that time. This was probably one of the happiest periods of Van Gogh's life. He was confident and seemingly content. Vincent van Gogh - "Great Peacock Moth" - 1889 - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
In May 1889 Van Gogh began work on "Great Peacock Moth" which he dubbed "Death Head Moth". The moth called the "head of death" is a rarely seen night moth. He described the colors of the great moth "of incredible distinction, black, gray white, carmine-dyed or dimly obscured in olive green." Behind the moth is a background of flowers. The size of the moth and plants in the background attract the viewer to work. The colors are vivid, according to Van Gogh's passion and emotional intensity. This work also has the title "Emperor Moth" at the Van Gogh Museum.
Poppies and Butterflies - 1890 - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
"suggests a decorative quality like that of a fabric, compared to the Japanese prints he admired.
Vincent van Gogh -" Long Grass with Butterflies "- 1890 - National Gallery, London > "Long Grass with Butterflies" or "Meadow in the Garden of Saint-Paul Hospital" is a view of an abandoned garden with tall grass and weeds on the grounds of the asylum. The work was done at the end of his stay in Saint-Rémy. In 1888, Van Gogh also worked on a "study of dusty thorns, with an innumerable multitude of white and yellow butterflies," but the painting was lost.
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