“Irises in the Garden” was painted by Vincent Van Gogh during his stay at the Saint Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France. Influenced by the Japanese art technique, ukiyo-e woodblocks, “Irises in the Garden” was painted a year prior to Van Gogh’s death and does not contain a lot of the tension found in his later paintings. Using thick outlines, flattish impressionist lighting and strange angles, Van Gogh depicts a garden from the asylum in his unique, well-known style. While Van Gogh himself considered the painting to only be a study, Theo Van Gogh, his brother, thought that this image “strikes the eye from afar. The Irises are a beautiful study full of lie and air.” Containing dark dramatic blues and purples that contrast with golden poppies and the red dirt ground, Van Gogh depicts a stunning unique scene. In 1987, “Irises” became the most expensive painting ever sold when it was auctioned for $53.9 million to Alan Bond. Framed in gold or brown, you can display a gorgeous replica of this historic painting in your dining room or living room.