Painted at the Saint Paul-de-Mausole asylum in the last year before his death in 1890, Van Gogh actually started painting Irises within a week of entering the asylum.

He called it “the lightning conductor for my illness” because he felt that he could keep himself from going insane by continuing to paint. Irises is on the inflation-adjusted list of most expensive paintings ever sold, and since 1990, the owner of the painting is J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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