Sunflowers (January, 1889 in Arles)

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Sunflowers, 1889

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Sunflowers (January, 1889 in Arles)
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#VangoghGang #tb #masterpiece
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*Repetition of the Original/Initial Sunflower Paintings in 1888
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Vincent was 35 year-old
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Method: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 95cm x 73cm (37.4in x 28.7in)
Location: Permanent Collection at @Vangoghmuseum (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
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“You mention a canvas of mine in your letter – Sunflowers on a yellow background – and make it plain you’d rather like to have it. I don’t think it’s altogether a bad choice – for if Jeannin can claim the peony, and Quost the hollyhock, then surely I, above all others, can lay claim to the sunflower.” In correlation: “You know that the peony is Jeannin’s, the hollyhock belongs to Quost, but the sunflower is somewhat my own.” (From #vvg to #tvg, 22nd or 23rd January, 1889)
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“During your visit I think you must have noticed the two size 30 canvases of sunflowers in Gauguin’s room. I have just put the finishing touches to copies, absolutely identical replicas of them. I picture to myself these same canvases between those of the sunflowers, which would thus form torches or candelabra beside them, the same size, and so the whole would be composed of seven or nine canvases.” (From #vvg to #tvg, 28th January, 1889)
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Continues in the same letter: “Since it is still winter, look here, let me go quietly on with my work; if it is that of a madman, well, so much the worse. I can’t help it. However, the unbearable hallucinations have ceased, and are now getting reduced to a simple nightmare, in consequence of my taking bromide of potassium, I think. It is still beyond my powers to go into the details of this money question, and yet I want to do that very thing, and I am furiously at work from morning till night, to prove to you (unless my work is another hallucination)” (From #vvg to #tvg, 28th January, 1889)

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