"White roses" represent the later work of Van Gogh, when he was already close to insanity, and his tragic death. Wanting to rest, he left Paris to the suburbs, where he painted a lot of flowers - on bushes, in vases, without a clear background - and roses must have caught his eye by chance.
There are very few colors in the picture; this is a striking rhinestone. The table is an indefinite white color, the tone of which is changed by the shadows falling on it. The vase is green, dark, saturated color. The wall is light green, with a vase not so much contrasting as its continuing overflow of color. The roses themselves are heterogeneous, look like they were collected on different days.
Some are lush white, only torn, bright. Other sagging, yellowish, one such bud lies on the table. This contrast, along with the petals that fell on the table, the contrast between life and death, or rather, death and death, is perceived a little even eerie.
It was as if Van Gogh found a certain pleasure in putting together dead flowers, and as if to compare them in writing, fading and full of ghostly life, yellow and white, those that would soon go into a compost heap and those that would stop them for two days .
In this contrast of deaths, there is something unnatural, something profoundly wrong, and, perhaps, in a harmless still life, the struggle of the artist’s internal demons is hidden.
However, it is equally possible that Van Gogh simply liked the flowers, the contrast of the wall and the vases, and he wrote them in haste, without thinking that after many years the descendants would seek the highest meaning from his actions.
It is unlikely that he even assumed the presence of descendants in the future who, after many years, would appreciate his work and analyze it seriously and thoughtfully.
Perhaps if he was sure of this, his life would have ended differently.