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The painting "Sunflowers", Vincent Van Gogh

The painting

Sunflowers - Vincent Van Gogh. 92.1x73



Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) - an outstanding Dutch post-impressionist artist.

Sunflowers were of particular importance to the master. He painted two cycles of paintings with them: Parisian (1887, two paintings with lying flowers) and Arles (1888, four works with flowers in a decanter). Then the painter made several versions of these works. All of them still cause discussion in the circles of art historians and have become a kind of “brand”. "Sunflowers" by Van Gogh have the same meaning in his work as “The Mona Lisa” for Leonardo, “The Sistine Madonna” for Raphael, “Black Square” for Malevich. In a certain sense, these canvases are “synonyms” of artists.

The Arles cycle, which includes the London painting, was intended to decorate the room of the painter's friend, Paul Gauguin, in the so-called Yellow House in Arles, in the south of France, which Van Gogh rented. Both artists worked there together in October - December 1888.

In his work on cycles, Van Gogh applied a special writing technique - impasto. Its essence is that paints are applied in a very thick layer and not only traditional brushes are used, but also a knife. This created a special rough surface, a relief pattern.

"Sunflowers" have repeatedly copied (faked), often succeeding in technical terms, but never in "personal".


Watch the video: Lucrezia Walker. Van Gogh: Sunflowers, Letters u0026 Life. The National Gallery, London (October 2021).