Handmade Candles Capture the Enchanting Glow of Van Gogh’s Famous Paintings

Flat Candles


Pioneer of Post-Impressionism Vincent van Gogh spent much of his time in the South of France during his short career. Inspired by both the sun-soaked days and the starry nights, he often looked to his luminous surroundings for artistic inspiration. With their bursts of color and expressive brushstrokes, Van Gogh's paintings of le Midi magically appear to glow, making each one the perfect canvas for a candle.

In their collection of Van Gogh candles, candle-making company Flatyz highlights the beauty of three paintings by the artist: The Starry Night (1889), Irises (1889), and Café Terrace at Night (1888). Fittingly, these paintings each explore a different South of France scene: The Starry Night explores the sweeping beauty of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence after dark; Irises shows it during the day; and The Café Terrace at Night accentuates the nocturnal beauty of the nearby Arles.

While this illuminating imagery is enough to set these creative candles apart from the rest, their construction makes them even more special. Each scene has been hand-painted on a flat wax panel topped with two wicks. In addition to giving each candle an avant-garde aesthetic, this composition ensures that the wax will burn evenly, allowing each painting to retain its rectangular shape until the final flicker.

You can find this collection of flat candles in the My Modern Met Store.

These flat candles by Flatyz capture the enchanting glow of some of Vincent van Gogh's most famous paintings, including The Starry Night

Starry Night Candle



Irises Candle


…and Café Terrace at Night.

Cafe Terrace at Night Candle


You can find all of these captivating candles in the My Modern Met Store.


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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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