This inspiration comes from Van Gogh’s 1890 painting “Roses” (Licensing from Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam). Van Gogh always loved to use plants as the themes of his paintings, including sunflowers, irises and thistles. People familiar with Van Gogh’s work know that he utilized roses and peonies later in life. Though lonely and sad most of his life Van Gough was happiest just before dying in 1890 while under the care of Dr. Gachet. This painting was done during that period. The rose is a symbol of romance and happiness. In contrast to the strong and bright colors of sunflowers, the colors used in this painting are moderate compared to his earlier paintings. Simple white and green colors were used to show a beautiful world.