It’s finished – the 1000 pieces are all in place – Irises by Vincent Van Gogh. I suddenly realized it was after midnight last night and I was so absorbed in doing this puzzle and listening to the final night of Glastonbury – and checking on James’s progress on the Cascade 1200. I decided I had better leave the puzzle for the morning and hope that James was still pedaling away up and down those mountain passes in Washington State.
According to the entry in Wikipedia:
|Original title, in French: Les Iris|
|Artist||Vincent van Gogh|
|Type||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||71 cm × 93 cm (28 in × 36.625 in)|
|Location||J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California|
Irises is a painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. Irises was painted while Vincent van Gogh was living at the asylum at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, in the last year before his death in 1890.
It was painted before his first attack at the asylum. There is a lack of the high tension which is seen in his later works. He called the painting “the lightning conductor for my illness”, because he felt that he could keep himself from going insane by continuing to paint.
The painting was influenced by Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, like many of his works and those by other artists of the time. The similarities occur with strong outlines, unusual angles, including close-up views and also flattish local colour (not modelled according to the fall of light).
He considered this painting a study, which is probably why there are no known drawings for it, although Theo, Van Gogh’s brother, thought better of it and quickly submitted it to the annual exhibition of the Société des Artistes Indépendants in September 1889, together with Starry Night Over the Rhone. He wrote to Vincent of the exhibition: “[It] strikes the eye from afar. The Irises are a beautiful study full of air and life.”
Now as for James on his bicycle – here’s the map again to show James’s route.
James is somewhere to the East and should be about half way round the loop, somewhere in the Yakima Valley I think. Following is a description I found on the internet of the route in 2008. I think this year’s route is similar with a few minor changes.