Tabletop Tuesday presents the impressionist genius of Vincent van Gogh. The center plate features one of his garden paintings. I’ve paired it with a larger orange plate on the bottom to layered the orange and red colors found in the painting. The runner in this place setting picks up the red and golden hues and organic textures in the plate. The vintage Thai brass and rosewood flatware adds more warmth to this setting. A touch of purple flowers in a brass vessel adds color. The vintage brown glassware grounds the setting.
Vincent van Gogh was born in 1853 and was of Dutch descent. After stints in commerce and religion, he began creating art in 1881. His early paintings feature rather drab still lifes and peasant labourers. All of that changed when he left his native land. His art expanded in context and color upon his relocation to Paris in 1886 when he met and befriended other great artists namely Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. They were part of the avant-garde group of artists who were rebelling against the Impressionist flavor of the time. His paintings continued to evolve in style, subject matter and the application of more color when he relocated to the south of France in 1888.
Vincent van Gogh is known for severing his own ear which was a result of a feud with Gaugin. In ended his own life at the age of 37 after years of mental illness and poverty. Today, his paintings garner some of the highest prices in the art world. What a tumultuous life filled with anguish and extraordinary talent.
Learn more about Vincent van Gogh in this trailer.