Marking the 129th anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh death on 29/7/1890
Flowers, and sunflowers in particular, were one of the favourite subjects by Vincent Van Gogh and there are several paintings in these series. 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 while finalising the painting. The difference with an earlier painting in the same series is evident, with a much smaller number of flowerheads and a simpler composition and usage of colour.
The version with many flowerheads was then repeated in a further series of paintings, produced the year after, always while living in Arles. Such a high number of paintings with similar subjects triggered also speculations about the attribution to Van Gogh himself or to other painters who would have copied the same style. To date there is still debate about the attribution of some paintings on the auction market to Van Gogh or other contemporary painters.