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Sunflowers

Vincent Van Gogh, 1888
Sunflowers, Vincent Van Gogh
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Sunflowers is a Post-Impressionist Oil on Canvas Painting created by Vincent Van Gogh in 1888. It lives at the Van Gogh Museum in Netherlands. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Flowers and Still Life. SourceDownload

Van Gogh’s sunflowers were painted in a time of optimism. Recently moved to the South of France, Van Gogh hoped to collaborate with other artists and form a community of arts, and his mentor was to be Paul Gauguin. Though the goal of community failed, Gauguin loved the monochrome expression of the sunflowers, calling them ‘a perfect example of a style that is completely Vincent.’

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The Letters of Vincent van Gogh, Recommended Reading

Few artists bared their souls like Van Gogh. In his letters to his brother Theo, his friend Gauguin, and many other artists and patrons, we experience first-hand the tortured optimism of a humble genius.

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