Sunflowers, 1889

Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

‘I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse [Provençal fish soup], which shouldn’t come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers.’ It was August, the sunflowers were blooming, and Van Gogh desperately wanted to capture them in a series of 12 pictures. Because the flowers wilted so quickly, he worked on his canvases every day.

He painted the series to decorate the room where Paul Gauguin would stay when he arrived in Arles. He chose this subject because his friend had previously admired his paintings of sunflowers run to seed.

In the end, Vincent executed four sunflower still lifes; however, he felt only two were good enough to hang in Gauguin’s bedroom. Gauguin considered the paintings highly successful and declared that sunflowers should be Van Gogh’s trademark. In 1889 Van Gogh tackled the motif once more, in this canvas now in the Van Gogh Museum.

Price: HK$ 268,000

Dimensions: 95 cm (H) x 73 cm (W)

 

 

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