The Irises, by Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch 1853 - 1890). In May 1889, Van Gogh committed himself voluntarily to the care of an asylum in Saint-Remy. While there, Van Gogh used the architecture and environments to create almost 130 paintings. There are no known sketches for The Irises, and Van Gogh himself considered this painting he created during his first week in Saint-Remy a study. His brother Theo submitted it to the Salon des Indépendants in September 1889.