Poppy Flowers, a famous Vincent Van Gogh painting drawn circa 1887, has been recovered at Cairo airport. Just a few hours before, the painting had been stolen from a city museum. According to a statement by Egypt’s Cultural Minister Farouk Hosni, “Two Italians, a man and a woman, were arrested while trying to leave the country with the painting.”
Painting also Known as ‘Vase and Flowers’
Van Gogh is believed to have painted Poppy Flowers in 1887, about three years before the artist committed suicide. The painting – known as both Poppy Flowers and Vase And Flowers – was “cut from its frame” at the Mahmoud Khalil museum on Saturday, according to Minister Hosni.
Vincent Van Gogh: Troubled Post-Impressionist Painter
Van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch painter whose paintings had a vast influence on 20th century art for its use of vivid colors and visual-emotional impact. Van Gogh suffered from anxiety disorder and increasingly frequent bouts of psychiaric illness throughout his life, and died at the young age of 37, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was relatively an ‘unknown name’ in the art world at that time.
Van Gogh’s Popularity Rises After Death
Though little known during his brief life span, Van Gogh’s fame grew in the decades after his death. Today, he is widely noted as one of history’s greatest painters and an important pioneer to the foundation of modern art. Amazingly, he did not begin painting until his late twenties, and most of his best-known art works were produced during the final three years of his life. He produced more than 2,000 artworks, consisting of some 900 paintings and 1,100 sketches and drawings. (Vincent Van Gogh Biography, Quotes & Paintings, The Art History Archive. Retrieved 14 June 2007)
Van Gogh’s Most Famous Paintings
Though a large percentage of his paintings are now well-recognized, here a few of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings:
- Irises (1889)
- Self-Portrait With Bandaged Ear (1889)
- The Starry Night (1889)
- Still Life: Vases with Twelve Sunflowers (1888)
- Portrait of Dr. Gachet (1890)
Following his first exhibitions in the late 1880s, Van Gogh’s fame grew steadily among art critics and fellow artists. After his death, memorial exhibitions were mounted in Brussels, Paris, The Hague and Antwerp. In the early 20th century, the exhibitions were followed by retrospectives in Paris, and Amsterdam (1905), and important group exhibitions in Cologne (1912), New York City (1913) and Berlin (1914). (Edwards, Cliff. Van Gogh and God: A Creative Spiritual Quest, Loyola University Press, 1989). These prompted a noticeable influence over later generations of artists. By the mid 20th century Van Gogh was seen as one of the most recognizable and one of the greatest painters in history.