Fifteen Sunflowers in a Vase (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh

Fifteen Sunflowers in a Vase - Vincent Van Gogh - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleFifteen Sunflowers in a Vase
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
Date1888
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions92.1 x 73 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationNational Gallery, London
Location Created Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

About Fifteen Sunflowers in a Vase

The artwork “Fifteen Sunflowers in a Vase” is a renowned piece by the artist Vincent Van Gogh, completed in 1888. This oil on canvas reflects the Post-Impressionism movement and features the genre of flower painting. Measuring 92.1 x 73 cm, it was created in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, and is currently housed at the National Gallery in London. The artwork captures a bouquet of blooming sunflowers in a vase, presented with a vivid play of color and bold brushstrokes.

The painting exhibits a stunning array of fifteen sunflowers, each at a different stage of their life cycle, from full bloom to withering. Van Gogh employs a rich palette of yellows, browns, and greens against a pale yellow background, which contrasts with the blue signature and accents on the vase. The thick and expressive application of paint is characteristic of Van Gogh’s style, with the impasto technique contributing to the tactile quality and depth of the sunflowers. The sunflowers are clustered in a non-uniform manner, creating a natural and dynamic composition. The piece is celebrated for its emotional intensity and the ability it has to convey the beauty of the commonplace through an extraordinary artistic vision.

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