Vincent van Gogh - Sunflowers (2022)

Currently on view

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Arles, January 1889

oil on canvas, 95 cm x 73 cm

Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Van Gogh’s paintings of Sunflowers are among his most famous. He did them in Arles, in the south of France, in 1888 and 1889. Vincent painted a total of five large canvases with sunflowers in a vase, with three shades of yellow ‘and nothing else’. In this way, he demonstrated that it was possible to create an image with numerous variations of a single colour, without any loss of eloquence.

The sunflower paintings had a special significance for Van Gogh: they communicated ‘gratitude’, he wrote. He hung the first two in the room of his friend, the painter Paul Gauguin, who came to live with him for a while in the Yellow House. Gauguin was impressed by the sunflowers, which he thought were ‘completely Vincent’. Van Gogh had already painted a new version during his friend’s stay and Gauguin later asked for one as a gift, which Vincent was reluctant to give him. He later produced two loose copies, however, one of which is now in the Van Gogh Museum.

F-number
F0458

JH-number
JH1667

Object number
s0031V1962

Dimensions
95 cm x 73 cm, 123.6 cm x 101.2 cm

Provenance
Sent by the artist from Arles to his brother Theo van Gogh, Paris, at the end of April 1889; after his death on 25 January 1891, inherited by his widow, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, and their son, Vincent Willem van Gogh, Paris; administered until her death on 2 September 1925 by Jo van Gogh-Bonger, Bussum/Amsterdam/Laren; given on loan by Jo van Gogh-Bonger to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, from 1917 to 1919; transferred by Vincent Willem van Gogh, Laren, on 10 July 1962 to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, Amsterdam; agreement concluded between the Vincent van Gogh Foundation and the State of the Netherlands, in which the preservation and management of the collection, and its placing in the Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, to be realized in Amsterdam, is entrusted to the State, 21 July 1962; given on loan until the opening of the museum on 2 June 1973 to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; on permanent loan to the Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh from 2 June 1973 and at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, since 1 July 1994.

artist
Vincent van Gogh

Credits (obliged to state)
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

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(Video) 5 Surprising Facts about Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers

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(Video) Vincent van Gogh: The colour and vitality of his works | National Gallery

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FAQs

What is the message of Sunflowers by Van Gogh? ›

The sunflower paintings had a special significance for Van Gogh: they communicated 'gratitude', he wrote. He hung the first two in the room of his friend, the painter Paul Gauguin, who came to live with him for a while in the Yellow House.

How many sunflowers in a vase paintings did Van Gogh paint? ›

7 paintings with sunflowers in a vase, in Arles:

So Van Gogh painted 11 sunflower paintings with 10 + 77 = 87 sunflowers in total.

Who did Van Gogh paint Vase with 12 Sunflowers for? ›

Paul Gauguin

How many sunflowers does Van Gogh have in sunflowers? ›

Few of Van Gogh's paintings were photographed in colour before the war, but fortunately Six Sunflowers was among them.

What does sunflower symbolize? ›

What does a sunflower symbolise? Sunflowers symbolise loyalty, adoration thanks to the myth of Clytie and Apollo. And, because of their association with the sun, sunflowers are well-known for being a happy flower and the perfect bloom for a summer flower delivery to brighten someone's mood!

What's the saying about sunflowers? ›

Helen Keller. "Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do."

Why did Van Gogh paint so many sunflowers? ›

Together, the paintings were to form a triptych. The two Sunflowers were the 'yellow panels' that would intensify the colours of the portrait. Vincent thought that the triptych as a whole symbolised gratitude.

How much is Van Gogh sunflower worth? ›

LONDON (AP) _ An anonymous buyer Monday paid $39.85 million for Vincent van Gogh's ″Sunflowers,″ a dazzling yellow work the artist once hoped to sell for $125. The price was more than triple the record for an auctioned painting.

Why is sunflowers so famous? ›

Sunflowers is a powerful painting. Using just three tints of yellow 'and nothing else', Van Gogh achieved a glorious harmony of colours. The simple motif also profoundly appeals to a lot of people.

Where are the 5 sunflower paintings currently in the world? ›

The Two Cut Sunflowers are in Amsterdam, at the Van Gogh Museum. The other Two Cut Sunflowers is in Bern, at the Kunstmuseum and another Two Cut Sunflowers is at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Why did Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear? ›

Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear when tempers flared with Paul Gauguin, the artist with whom he had been working for a while in Arles. Van Gogh's illness revealed itself: he began to hallucinate and suffered attacks in which he lost consciousness. During one of these attacks, he used the knife.

Who owns the sunflowers by Van Gogh? ›

Bought by the Yasuda insurance firm, it is now owned by their successor Sompo, and the painting is in a museum in the company's Tokyo headquarters. In 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, these two versions of Sunflowers will therefore both be on view in the Japanese capital.

How many Van Gogh paintings have 15 sunflowers tears of Themis? ›

Lu Jinghe: Among the pieces handed down from Van Gogh, there are three with 15 sunflowers. Lu Jinghe: The original of this piece is kept in England.

How many sunflowers are in a van? ›

The first, with three sunflowers, has always been hidden away in private collections. The second, with six flowers, was destroyed in a bombing raid in Japan during the Second World War.

What techniques did Van Gogh used in sunflowers? ›

Van Gogh uses the impasto technique to great effect in Sunflowers, creating an image that is even more dynamic due to the fact that the oil paint recreates the three dimensional textures of the sunflowers he was painting.

What are 5 facts about sunflowers? ›

  • Fun Facts About Sunflowers.
  • Each sunflower is actually thousands of teeny flowers.
  • Each sunflower can contain as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds. ...
  • Sunflowers are native to North America. ...
  • There are about 70 species of sunflowers. ...
  • The tallest sunflower on record was over 30 feet tall. ...
  • Sunflowers track the sun.
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What we can learn from sunflowers? ›

A few weeks ago, it was a field of sunflowers, teaching the simplest lessons of life to all those who might pay attention. 1) We're all beautiful, and we're all in this together. 2) Look at life and people from every perspective. You might see something you've never seen before.

What do you call a person who loves sunflower? ›

Noun. anthophile (plural anthophiles)

Why do sunflowers face the sun? ›

Sunflowers face the rising sun because increased morning warmth attracts more bees and also helps the plants reproduce more efficiently, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Davis.

What colours did Van Gogh use for sunflowers? ›

With pigments, the color wheel is slightly different. Its primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. Alongside van Gogh's use of yellow in “Sunflowers,” the artist also features green, orange, and a touch of red and blue. Blue and orange are opposite colors in the color wheel based in pigment, as are red and green.

What's the most expensive painting ever sold? ›

At an auction held at Christie's New York in 2016 during a contemporary art event, Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci turned into the most expensive painting ever sold, selling for $450 million at the end of a nineteen-minute bidding war.

What is Van Gogh's most expensive painting? ›

1. Portrait of Dr Paul Gachet, $83m, 1990. Portrait of Dr Paul Gachet still holds the record for the most expensive Van Gogh, although it sold as long ago as 1990. At Christie's it fetched $83m, then the highest auction price for a work by any artist.

What is the most expensive piece of art in the world? ›

This is a list of the highest known prices paid for paintings. The current record price is approximately US$450.3 million (which includes commission) paid for Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi in November 2017.

Who owns the most Van Gogh paintings? ›

Thanks to Kröller-Müller's avid collecting of the artist's work, the Kröller-Müller Museum is home to the second-largest collection of Van Gogh artworks in the world – behind only the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Between 1908 and 1929, Helene and Anton acquired 91 of his paintings and 180 works on paper.

How many Van Gogh paintings still exist? ›

He produced more than 2,000 artworks, consisting of around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches. In 2013, Sunset at Montmajour became the first full-sized Van Gogh painting to be newly confirmed since 1928.

Can you buy an original Van Gogh? ›

Starting price for each piece is $35,000 meaning you can hang an "original" Van Gogh, or more accurately something pretty darn close, in your living room. Tackx claims color reproductions that are 95% accurate, a level at which you'd have to be a museum curator to notice.

Did Vincent van Gogh have a child? ›

This one's easy: no, Vincent didn't have any children.

How much did Starry Night sell for? ›

$1 billion—Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night (1889)

Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889.

How old was Vincent van Gogh when he died? ›

How many sunflowers did Van Gogh have in 1987? ›

That surely is the case with Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers. Take the version in London's National Gallery that the Dutch artist painted in Arles in the South of France in August 1888. Fifteen sunflowers erupt out of a simple earthenware pot against a blazing yellow background.

What is the meaning of The Potato Eaters? ›

In The Potato Eaters, Van Gogh depicts an authentic and truthful peasant life and how it is different from what he described as civilized life. People who work in the fields and grow their own food. Furthermore, he wanted to depict people who have earned their food from the hard work they put in.

Where are the 5 sunflower paintings currently in the world? ›

The Two Cut Sunflowers are in Amsterdam, at the Van Gogh Museum. The other Two Cut Sunflowers is in Bern, at the Kunstmuseum and another Two Cut Sunflowers is at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Why did van Gogh cut his ear? ›

Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear when tempers flared with Paul Gauguin, the artist with whom he had been working for a while in Arles. Van Gogh's illness revealed itself: he began to hallucinate and suffered attacks in which he lost consciousness. During one of these attacks, he used the knife.

What techniques did van Gogh used in sunflowers? ›

Van Gogh uses the impasto technique to great effect in Sunflowers, creating an image that is even more dynamic due to the fact that the oil paint recreates the three dimensional textures of the sunflowers he was painting.

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4. Lucrezia Walker | Van Gogh: Sunflowers, Letters & Life | The National Gallery, London
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