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All Things Art, March’s Picture Of The Month

Posted March 5, 2013 by Pam in Creative


All Things Art, March’s Picture Of The Month




Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890


London, 1888, Oil on canvas


‘Whenever I see a painting by Van Gogh, I always look twice and this is one of the paintings which has always been one of my all time favourites. Van Gogh’s painting’s evokes my inner artist to emerge. His style is unique and easily recognisable which no other artist has quite yet captured and depicted’.

For the decoration of the room Van Gogh occupied in Arles, he painted a number of studies of sunflowers with either a blue or yellow background. They are images of bliss and warmth, in the power of the sun, much stronger in Arles than in Paris, and it is almost as if the giant sunflowers represent the sun itself in all its greatness. The browns in the picture, one could say, represent wilting and death. Both the yellow and browns typify the life of the sunflower; greatness and bloom and also death. From these paintings, project a feeling of vitality and almost exhilarating in its power (and that comes from most of his later paintings) begins to emerge.

Van Gogh’s work stylistically is easily recognisable. Even when he was associated for a brief time with the impressionist painters, many have said that he was not an impressionist. His interest in colour theory was directed towards different ends in his work. He did not exhibit with the impressionists, nor was he accepted by them.

Although Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings are very similar in many aspects, each stands out as its own unique work of art. Van Gogh began painting sunflowers after he left Holland for France in pursuit of creating an artistic community. The firsts were created to decorate his friend Paul Gauguin’s bedroom. The majority of Van Gogh’s sunflowers in vases were created in Arles, France during 1888-1889. Van Gogh did create some sunflower paintings prior to this time though in Paris, France around the time of 1887. This series consists of sunflower clippings verses sunflowers in vases.


About the Author


Pam likes to draw, paint and research art history. She is an avid reader who loves all things Vegetarian and Victorian!



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