Great Peacock Moth (Death’s Head moth)

Great Peacock Moth (Death’s Head moth)

"Yesterday I drew a very large, rather rare night moth there which is called the death’s head, its coloration astonishingly distinguished: black, grey, white, shaded, and with glints of carmine or vaguely tending towards olive green; it’s very big. To paint it I would have had to kill it, and that would have been a shame since the animal was so beautiful." To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Thursday, 23 May 1889
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Painting Date
22nd of May 1889
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“Yesterday I drew a very large, rather rare night moth there which is called the death’s head, its coloration astonishingly distinguished: black, grey, white, shaded, and with glints of carmine or vaguely tending towards olive green; it’s very big. To paint it I would have had to kill it, and that would have been a shame since the animal was so beautiful.”

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Thursday, 23 May 1889

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 33 x 24 cm Size 4 Figure
Saint-Rémy, France: May 22, 1889
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe
F: 610, JH: 1702

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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