Botticelli to Van Gogh

Learning Resource

A painting of an eclectic bunch of flowers in a vase

Paul Gauguin
A Vase of Flowers


Paul Gauguin. A Vase of Flowers. 1896. © The National Gallery, London

Look at the vibrant colours in Gauguin’s flower painting. Can you identify the main colours? Can you find any black paint?

Think about how the colours are used and how a cool colour often is placed adjacent to a warm colour.

Create a pastel picture of flowers or fruit using rich, contrasting warm and cool colours. See if you can cover the whole page with colour. Work freely and expressively with your pastels.

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