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Sunflowers or Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (August 1888) is one of two sunflower paintings with twelve sunflowers, the others having fifteen. (Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany)
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Sunflowers or Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (August 1888) is one of two sunflower paintings with twelve sunflowers, the others having fifteen. (Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany)

Sunflowers is a series of still life oil paintings that the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh painted. Among the Sunflowers paintings are three similar paintings with fifteen sunflowers in a vase, and two similar paintings with twelve sunflowers in a vase. Van Gogh painted the first Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, which is now in the Neue Pinakothek Museum in Munich, Germany, and the first Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, which is now in National Gallery, London, UK, in August 1888 when he was living in Arles southern France. The later similar paintings were painted in January the following year. The paintings are all painted on about 93 × 72 cm (37" × 28") canvases. An earlier series of four still life using sunflowers were painted in Paris in 1887. File links The following pages link to this file: Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers (paintings) Wikipedia:Recent additions 17 Categories: Images of art | Vincent van Gogh ... File links The following pages link to this file: Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers (paintings) Wikipedia:Recent additions 17 Categories: Images of art | Vincent van Gogh ... The Neue Pinakothek is an art museum in Munich, Germany. ... Munich: Frauenkirche and Town Hall steeple Munich (German: München (pronounced listen) is the state capital of the German state of Bavaria. ... A still life is a work of art which represents a subject composed of inanimate objects. ... Mona Lisa, Oil on wood panel painting by Leonardo da Vinci Oil painting is done on surfaces with pigment ground into a medium of oil - especially in early modern Europe, linseed oil. ... Self-portrait (1886) Vincent Willem van Gogh (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890) was a Dutch painter, generally considered one of the greatest painters in European art history. ... Binomial name Helianthus annuus L. The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant in the Family Asteraceae with a large flower head (inflorescence). ... The Neue Pinakothek is an art museum in Munich, Germany. ... Munich: Frauenkirche and Town Hall steeple Munich (German: München (pronounced listen) is the state capital of the German state of Bavaria. ... The National Gallery from Trafalgar Square The National Gallery is an art gallery in London, located on the north side of Trafalgar Square. ... The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, which contains Big Ben London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... 1888 is a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... Map of western Mediterranean, showing location of Arles Arles (Arle in Provençal) is a city in the south of France, in the Bouches-du-Rhône département, of which it is a sous-préfecture, in the former province of Provence. ... Canvas is an extremely heavy-duty fabric used for making sails, tents, marquees, and other functions where sturdiness is required. ... A still life is a work of art which represents a subject composed of inanimate objects. ...


Van Gogh began painting the works in late summer 1888 and continued into the following year. One went to decorate his friend Paul Gauguin's bedroom. The paintings show sunflowers in all stages of life, from fully in bloom to withering. The paintings were innovative for their use of the yellow spectrum, partly because newly invented pigments made new colours possible. In a letter to his brother Theo, van Gogh wrote: the sunflower is mine in a way. Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 - May 9, 1903) was a leading Post-Impressionist painter. ... In biology, pigment is any material resulting in color in plant or animal cells which is the result of selective absorption. ... Théodore van Gogh (1857-1890), best known by his nickname Theo, was the brother of Vincent van Gogh. ...


In March 1987, even those without interest in art were made aware of van Gogh's Sunflowers series when Japanese insurance magnate Yasuo Goto paid the equivalent of USD $39,921,750 for Van Gogh's Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers at auction at Christie's London, at the time a record-setting amount for a van Gogh. Whether he bought the painting himself or on behalf of his company, the Yasuda Fire and Marine Insurance Company of Japan, the painting currently resides at Seiji Togo Yasuda Memorial Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. After the purchase a controversy arose whether this is a genuine van Gogh or an Emile Schuffenecker forgery. Claude-Emile Schuffenecker (? - ?) Was a French art forger who specialized in Gauguin and Van Gogh and was their contemporary. ...


External links

  • "Sunflowers": the complete series of paintings
  • Account of the controversy over van Gogh forgeries

Reference

  • Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov "The Ownership of Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers," in Burlington Magazine, march 1998: listing eleven still lifes of sunflowers, four in Paris and seven in Arles.

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Sunflowers or Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (August 1888) is one of two sunflower paintings with twelve sunflowers.
Van Gogh painted the first Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, which is now in the Neue Pinakothek Museum in Munich, Germany, and the first Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, which is now in National Gallery, London, England, in August 1888 when he was living in Arles southern France.
The paintings show sunflowers in all stages of life, from fully in bloom to withering.
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