Three red poppy flowers in the vase

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.

Reference: Poppy Flowers, Adolphe Monticelli

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