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Van Gogh's "Irises" Glass Ornament

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Van Gogh's "Irises" Glass Ornaments

This collectible glass "Irises" ornament makes a beautiful addition to anyone's collection. Each ornament is faithfully reproduced from Van Gogh's 1889 original.

Each glass ornament takes up to 6 hours to hand blow, silver, paint and glitter in Eastern Europe--making each ornament a unique art piece.

MIA's glass Christmas ornaments are mouth blown, silvered, hand painted and glittered. All designs are exclusive limited edition of 1500 pieces or less. Mia designs her ornaments in her Polish studio nestled in the Tatra mountains. Mia's designs draw on Poland's folk tradition of making glass ornaments, her love of the arts and the world around us. Enjoy!

History of the Van Gogh's Oil Painting "Irises" 1889: In Saint-Rémy, France, 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. There are no known drawings for this painting; Van Gogh himself considered it a study. His brother Theo quickly recognized its quality and submitted it to the Salon des Indépendants in September 1889, writing Vincent of the exhibition: "[It] strikes the eye from afar. The Irises are a beautiful study full of air and life." Each one of Van Gogh's Irises 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!"

Measures 5" in Diameter

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