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When in Arles in the south of France, Vincent van Gogh wanted to establish an artists’ colony. He invited his friend Paul Gauguin to come and live with him. In anticipation of Gauguin’s arrival, Van Gogh produced a series of sunflower paintings. The paintings were to grace the walls of Gauguin’s bedroom. He chose this subject because his friend had previously admired his paintings of sunflowers run to seed he had made in Paris the year before.
Vincent started the series in great ardour. He had to work rapidly as the flowers quickly wilted in a vase: ‘I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers.’ It was August, the sunflowers were blooming, and Van Gogh worked on his canvases every day from dawn onwards. He desperately wanted to capture them in a series of 12 pictures. In the end, Vincent executed four sunflower still lifes; however, he felt only two were good enough to hang in Gauguin’s bedroom. Gauguin considered the paintings highly successful and declared that the sunflowers should be Van Gogh’s trademark. His friend called them ‘a perfect page of an essential ‘Vincent’ style.’
In 1889 Van Gogh tackled the motif once more, in this canvas now in the Van Gogh Museum. In this painting, too, the artist worked ton-sur-ton: with numerous variations of the colour yellow, shading into ochre and green. He was very successful in achieving harmony in colour and in using his sculptural brushstrokes to suggest the flowers’ shape. As a subtle but powerful complementary contrast, Van Gogh painted the heart of a single flower purple (now faded to light blue).