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The Sunflowers are among Van Gogh's best-known paintings. He made them in Arles, in the south of France, in 1888 and 1889. In total he painted five large canvases of sunflowers in a vase, with three shades of yellow 'and nothing else'. In this way he showed that it was possible to create a representation with many variants of one color without losing its expressiveness.


For Van Gogh, his paintings of sunflowers had special meaning. They expressed “gratitude,” he wrote. He hung the first two in the room of his friend Paul Gauguin, the painter who came to live with him for a while in the Yellow House. Gauguin was impressed by the sunflowers, which he said were 'completely Vincent'. Van Gogh had already painted a new version during his friend's stay and later Gauguin asked for one as a gift. Van Gogh was not very keen on that. He did make two more free repetitions, one of which hangs in the Van Gogh Museum.

Sunflowers (1888) - Vincent van Gogh

  • - Dimensions:

    • 9" x 12" / 23cm x 30.5cm
    • 12" x 16" / 30.5cm x 40.7cm
    • 18" x 24" / 30.5cm x 61cm
    • 24" x 32" / 61cm x 61cm

    dept/thickness 0.75" / 1.90 cm

    - Hook already made on the back of the frame

    - Made of sustainable pine wood

    - Canvas made of highly durable cotton and polyester (9.82 oz/yd² (333 g/m²)) with patented coting for vibrant colors.

    - Rubber circles on the back of the frame for better support.

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