Artwork Title: Flying Fox - Artist Name: Vincent van Gogh

Flying Fox

Vincent van Gogh, 1884

31 inch
This is a type of tropical bat – an unusual subject for an artist. The one painted by Van Gogh was stuffed and mounted. Just look at its stiff, unnatural pose. Van Gogh knew a man in Eindhoven (NL), Antoon Hermans, with a collection of more than 300 mounted exotic animals. This bat may have come from that collection. Van Gogh wanted to depict the translucent wings clearly, so he placed a light source behind them. [https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0136V1973]
batdutch artistoil on canvas

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