Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Title: Sunflowers (Vase with 12 Sunflowers)
Medium: Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions of original work: 92 × 73 cm (36 1/4 x 28 3/4 in.)
Where to see it: Neue Pinakothek, Munich
About this Work:
Already a fan of sunflowers, Vincent was surely happy to see them growing abundantly in Arles, France, where he had moved to in February of 1888. He did at least three versions of 12 Sunflowers and two of 15 Sunflowers during his months in Arles, and originally used some of these canvases to decorate Paul Gauguin's bedroom in the house and studio space they (briefly) shared.
Remember that manufactured tubes of paint were a relatively new invention in Vincent's time, and sunflowers fade quickly. Imagine! If he'd had to stop to mix colors, rather than squeezing great blobs of chromium yellow or cadmium red onto his palette (or, indeed, straight to the canvas), the urgent vibrancy of his Sunflowers series might not be all that it is.
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