Great Paintings Explained: Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh

Sunflowers (1888) by Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas. 92 x 73 cm. Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany. Image source Neue Pinakothek (shared under CC BY-SA 4.0)

In August of 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his friend, the Post-Impressionist artist Émile Bernard, with the idea that he was going to decorate his house with paintings of sunflowers:

“I’m thinking of decorating my studio with half a dozen paintings of…

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