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Twelve sunflowers in a vase

Painting, August 1888, 91×71 cm

Description of the artwork «Twelve sunflowers in a vase»

The first year of life in Arles was Vincent year of the yellow color. Van Gogh settled in the famous "Yellow house" (which, unfortunately, was completely destroyed during the Second World war), the only place that he felt truly home. He wrote gold wheat fields sun-drenched streets. Yellow in his paintings were flowers, vegetables and utensils, even the sky and people's faces. But especially Vincent was mesmerized by the endless fields of sunflowers, which in Arles and flower do not consider growing them for the production of oil.

Autumn van Gogh was looking forward to the arrival Paul Gauguin who agreed to live with him. Vincent believed that it will begin the creation of the commune of artists, about which he had dreamed. However, it is unlikely that he knew Gauguin settled in the "Yellow house" in exchange for material assistance promised Theo. With all the other artist friends of Vincent had managed to quarrel so that none of his invitation is not answered. Gauguin will live together with van Gogh only three months and will actually run away from Arles after the infamous the history of ear.

But it will be after. And while Vincent is full of hopes and expectations and wants to give the guest a worthy reception. He was going to hang on the walls of Gauguin (which was tiny) 12 paintings depicting sunflowers. Unknown, did van Gogh to fully implement the plan, and there enough place for him, but in any case, for the first time crossed the threshold of his room, Gauguin saw a very psychedelic image. Mental impulse colleagues, he was not appreciated and just took all the sunflowers on the walls. For Vincent, it did not seem too bothered, and his love for sun flowers was not affected. He made several copies of the "Fifteen sunflowers" and decades later made this flower in one of the most famous pictorial images. Gauguin, by the way, later portrayed van Gogh at work – naturally painting sunflowers.

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Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Still life

Style of art: Post-Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: August 1888

Size: 91×71 cm

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