Van gogh painting dating may 1889
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"It is not unusual to find insects or plant material in a painting that was completed outdoors," Schafer said.
The lack of movement in the surrounding paint suggests that the grasshopper made no attempt to escape, so the insect was presumably already dead when it became embedded.
There are no known drawings for this painting; Van Gogh himself considered it a study.
His brother Theo quickly recognized its quality and submitted it to the in September 1889, writing Vincent of the exhibition: "[It] strikes the eye from afar.
It is a beautiful study full of air and life." Each one of Van Gogh's irises is unique.
He carefully studied their movements and shapes to create a variety of curved silhouettes bounded by wavy, twisting, and curling lines.