Met Museum Van Gogh Shawl (80" x 20" Wool, Viscose , Silk)
Just two months before his passing in July of 1890, Vincent van Gogh completed a series of floral paintings, including Irises, the subject of this shawl. Though a still-life, the overlapping petals carry an animated quality, as the soft palette emanates elegance. A European masterwork and highlight of the Metropolitan’s collection, the subject matter also holds a connection to the PMA. The Dutch Master’s Irises (1889), completed a year earlier, remained on view for many years at Westbrook College until its sale in 1987, having been owned by the Payson family, whose name graces the main building of the PMA.