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Vincent Van Gogh, Irises, 1889, oil on canvas. This painting was painted while Vincent van Gogh was living at the asylum at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, in the last year before his death in 1890. It was painted before his last attack at the asylum. There is a lack of high tension which is seen in his later works. He called the painting "the lightning conductor for my illness" because he felt that he could keep himself from going insane by continuing to paint. Visconti has worked hard to formulate palettes of color that accurately reflect the technique and emotion of each Van Gogh's paintings. Through meticulous and painstaking choice of color and palette mix, each Visconti pen is unique and has emerged to represent a specific Van Gogh painting. The name of the painting and artist are delicately engraved around the pen's ring, and each pen is packed into a unique gift box that is complemented with a faithfully reproduced canvas of the painting. The pen itself utilizes Visconti's eighteen-faceted design, the many edges enhancing the vivid colors of the pen. Visconti has employed their popular magnetic closure system. The fountain pens are finely engraved in steel nib and are available in fine, medium and broad point.
For twenty years the name 'Visconti' has been synonymous of extraordinary elegant writing instruments coming from very intense historical and technological research. Throughout its entire range of fountain pens, roller balls and ball-pens Visconti offers a wide assortment of high quality items all showing strong characters and features. The director of this Florentine company founded in 1988 is Dante Del Vecchio, deus ex machina of strong creative dynamism, the same feature that we can find in all Visconti creations. His personal passion for historical fountain pens is at the basis of his endless research for new expressions in writing instruments art. Here the incessant love for culture and the passion for innovation, together with the rediscovering of handicraft and the development of ever newer and more sophisticated writing systems melt with the unforgettable colourful shapes, design and naturalness of Visconti items making them inimitable. Every pen tells a story of art, archaeology, philosopy, mathematics, literate, ancient and contemporary history and not only. Visconti always pays tribute to the signs of human culture. According to this concept pens cease to be simple writing instruments in order to become canvases on which new artistic expressions are painted and new deep emotions are communicated. For all these reasons that distinguish Visconti on the worldwide market, the company has also acted as official sponsor of significant events. Among these we recall the historic and politically important 2002 NATO-Russia Summit that officially marked the end of the Cold War, the signing of The European Constitution in 2005 and the prestigious G8 held in July 2009 at L'Aquila.