Poppy Flowers by Vincent Van Gogh
~1886-1887

Also known as: Vase and Flowers

Content & Context

Painted by the famous Post-impressionist Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh, Poppy flowers (a.k.a Vase and Flowers) is very similar to many of Van Gogh's other paintings. Features flowers as the central theme of the painting and striking bold colors that convey emotions that Van Gogh felt.

Period of the Artwork

Poppy Flowers was painted during the Post-Impressionism period. This era saw many of arts greatest painters. It last from the mid 1880s all the way to the early 1900s. Post-Impressionism took concepts of Impressionism and exaggerated them.

The Theft

The painting has been located at the Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum in Egypt for the past five decades. However, this painting has been stolen before. The first time being stolen in 1977 and later found in an undisclosed location in Kuwait and was then later returned to Egypt. On August 2010, it was stolen yet again from the same museum. Suspiciously only 7 out of the 47 cameras were working and none of the 54 alarms located all over the museum worked.  

The Recovery

To this very day, there have been no leads or any clues as to where the painting has disappeared to and search continues to this day.

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