Painting “Sunny”, Vincent Van Gogh
- Posted by Vincent Van Gogh
- Museum: National Gallery in London
- Year: 1888
Description of the picture :
Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh. 1888. Oil on canvas. 92.1×73
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) is an outstanding Dutch post-impressionist artist.
Sunflowers were of particular importance to the master. He wrote two cycles of paintings with them: Parisian (1887, two paintings with lying flowers) and Arlsky (1888, four works with flowers in the decanter). Then the painter made several variations of these works. All of them still cause discussion in the circles of art historians and have become a kind of “brand”. Van Gogh’s “sunflowers” have the same meaning in his work as “Jokonda” for Leonardo, “Sistine Madonna” for Raphael, “Black Square” for Malevich. These canvases in a certain sense are “synonymous” artists.
Arlsky cycle, which includes the London picture, intended to decorate the room of a friend of a painter, Gauguin Fields, in the so-called Yellow House in Arles, in the south of France, which Van Gogh rented. Both artists worked there together in October – December 1888.
In working on cycles, Van Gogh used a special writing technique – impasto. Its essence is that the colors are applied with a very thick layer and not only traditional brushes are used, but also a knife. So a special rough surface was created, a embossed drawing.
“Sunflowers” have repeatedly been copied (faked), often succeeding technically, but never in “personal”.