Sunflowers By Vicent Van Gogh

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Sunflowers is the title of a series of paintings by the Dutch Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gough.

Background

Sunflowers or Tournesols in French are the theme of two series of inanimate paintings done by Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch painter. In Van Gogh’s mind, these two series were connected by the name Paul Gauguin, his friend who bought two of the Paris editions. Following this purchase,Van Gogh used sunflowers to decorate the guestroom of his Yellow House, where Paul Gauguin would stay when he came to visit him later. After Gauguin left, Van Gogh envisioned the the two major editions as wings of the Berceuse Triptych and at last included them in his exhibit at LesXX in Bruxelles.

Description

Even though Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings are exceptionally alike in many features, each piece carries unique features which set it apart from the rest. The prior series completed in Paris in 1887 presents the flowers lying on the ground while the second series which was finished after one year in 1888 in Arles presents garlands of sunflowers in a vase.

Technique

Vincent Van Gogh used the oil technique where he was painting on canvas. The canvas is made from linen or even the less expensive cotton textile. The conventional oil painting normally starts with drawing of the subject onto the linen using thin paint or even a piece of charcoal.

Critique

Even though a joint research done by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Van Gogh Museum concluded that there was enough evidence to uphold the attribution of this work to Van Gogh, a group of people still feel this is not true. They have discarded the credit to Van Gogh saying that Yasuda Sunflower is neither talked about in his correspondence nor earlier inventories of Van Gogh family compilation.

They have also gone ahead to suggest that there was copying which is evidenced by stylistic and technical inconsistencies. They claim that the first owner of the document was Claude-Emile Schuffenecker and suggested that Schuffenecker, a French artist and collector had made the still life himself. Van Gogh is seen as person with the motive and opportunity to craft a forgery.

Value and notable auction sales

A Japanese insurance tycoon, Yasuo Goto drew attention to Van Gogh’s sunflower series, including those people without the slightest interest in art when he paid an equivalent amount of $39,921,750 on March 31, 1987 for Van Gogh’s Still Life: Vase with Fifteen sunflowers at an auction at Christie’s London, at what was a record-shattering amount paid for a work of art . This was over three times the previous record of $12 million paid in 1985.

However this record was broken later on November 11, 1987 when another of Van Gogh’s painting, Irises, was purchased by Alan Bond for $ 53.9 million at Sotheby’s, New York.
Appearances at Exhibitions

On February 9, 2002, the van Gogh and Gauguin exhibition at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh attracted over 175,000 where the masterpieces for both artists were brought from all over the world. The van Gogh and Gauguin show was a huge success in January 2002.

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