This exhibition at Tate Britain in London combines artworks by Vincent Van Gogh and his contemporaries around the period he spent in London between 1873 and 1876. Around this time, Van Gogh was not yet a full-time painter but was working with an art dealer and was influenced by the artistic environment around him at the time. In later years, when he started becoming a famous painter, his original artistry would influence British painters.
The painting on the left, Starry Night, depicts a night view along the river Rhone in Arles, France, where Vincent was spending some time around 1888. As it is the case for many other paintings, he descibed it in his correspondence with his brother Theo and ephasised how he was fascinated by the contrast between the dark hues of the views and the series of lights along the riverbanks and the luminus stars. This painting is normally exhibited at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
Flowers, and sunflowers in particular, were one of the favourite subjects by Vincent and there are several series with this subject. The sunflower painting on the right was painted in Arles in the summer of 1888 and is normally exhibited at the National Gallery in London. This version of the sunflowers theme is quite different from the other ones as it is played around many different tones of just yellow and a myriad of flowerheads, some of which may have been added along the way of finalising the painting.
Below is the official presentation video of the exhibition as prepared by its curators at Tate Britain.
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