Vase with Oleanders and Books (1888)

Van Gogh was fond of oleanders, he described them as “joyous, life-affirming flowers that bloomed ‘riotously’ and were ‘continually renewing themselves”.

Vincent painted this work in August 1888. The vase he used to put the flowers in, was used for other Arles still lifes before.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA