Three red poppy flowers in the vase. One stalk hangs down loosely and the other blooms with vitality.
The painting also depicts the last poppy flower stalk is a young flower bud.
Van Gogh painted them in contrast to the bright yellow poppy that dominates the bouquet.
More significantly, the entire bouquet of flowers was painted against a dark background.
This small piece of artwork was inspired by Adolphe Monticelli, an older painter whose work influenced Van Gogh when he first saw it in Paris in 1886.