Inspired by the garden at the asylum Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Remy and Japanese woodblock prints, Irises is a painting by Vincent van Gogh from 1889. Despite looking like a tranquil painting, Irises was produced at a time when the artist himself was battling with a powerful internal struggle. If you look closely, you will notice the lone white iris as the one standing out from the crowd. That’s how Van Gogh was feeling during his final stages of life. In particular, blue irises are symbolic of hope and faith, while the white version of this flower has more to do with innocence and beauty. We’ve all felt different at least once from everyone else around us. As Van Gogh once said, normality is a paved road comfortable to walk but where no flowers grow. So wear these canvas shoes to fully embrace your flaws and all that makes you unique!
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