By Vincent van Gogh SKU:41598

"Sunflowers" is a series of oil paintings created by Vincent van Gogh in 1888-89. The vivid yellow sunflowers against a vibrant blue backdrop embody van Gogh's post-impressionist style, characterized by bold colors and emotional intensity. The sunflower, for van Gogh, symbolized gratitude and the desire for enlightenment. Its popularity lies not only in its visual beauty, but also in its encapsulation of van Gogh's mental state, personal philosophy, and mastery of color and form, making it a cornerstone in Western art history.

50 cm

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Title: Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers: Masterpiece of Post-Impressionism

Vincent van Gogh, the legendary Dutch post-impressionist painter, created the iconic series of Sunflowers in the late 19th century. Specifically, the most popular and renowned paintings from this series were produced between August and September in 1888, when van Gogh was residing in Arles, a city in southern France.

“Sunflowers” – or “Les Tournesols” in French – is indeed a special series for several reasons:

1. **Artistic Technique**: The Sunflowers series represents a peak in van Gogh’s creative exploration. He used his signature bold, thick brush strokes to create an effect of depth and texture, while his choice of vibrant, contrasting colors reflects his emotion and perception rather than the objective reality of the sunflowers.

2. **Symbolism**: Sunflowers, for van Gogh, symbolized gratitude, happiness, and the potential for personal growth. This can be interpreted as a reflection of his personal quest for mental and emotional stability.

3. **Innovation in Still Life**: The Sunflowers series is celebrated for its innovative approach to still life. Van Gogh pushed the boundaries of this genre by making his subjects the sole focus of the paintings, filling the entire canvas with sunflowers and eliminating any reference to space or setting.

4. **Emotional Connection**: These paintings are believed to have been made in anticipation of his friend and fellow artist, Paul Gauguin’s visit to Arles. The sunflowers were meant to decorate the room where Gauguin would stay, revealing van Gogh’s emotional investment in the paintings.

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Original size:
58 x 73 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
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122 cm

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