The Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is famous for his depictions of irises in the south of France. Right now, those irises are flowering everywhere around Le Fort Pouzols-Minervois!
Did you know that Van Gogh originally painted his irises in purple, as they are here today? Sadly, some of the pigments he used have deteriorated over time. That means that his flowers look blue today.
Experts from all over the world are debating how to stop further decline in Van Gogh’s works. Their advice is that they should really only be displayed in limited, filtered light – a far cry from the light, open displays of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Future restorations will not simply paint over the blue irises to make them appear purple again. Instead, it is proposed that digital reproductions could be shown alongside Van Gogh’s paintings to give visitors a sense of their original colours.
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