Vincent van Gogh, ‘Four sunflowers gone to seed’, August -October 1887, Painting, Oil on canvas, Kröller-Müller Museum
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Vincent van Gogh

Four sunflowers gone to seed, August -October 1887

Oil on canvas
23 2/5 × 39 1/5 in
59.5 × 99.5 cm
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Kröller-Müller Museum
Otterlo

Life-sized
This is an unusual flower still life. Here, Van Gogh does not paint fresh flowers in a …

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Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853–1890
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Primarily self-taught and unappreciated during his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh made over 900 paintings and 1,100 works on paper during the decade that he worked as an artist. Influenced by Jean-Francois Millet and the Barbizon School artists, van Gogh’s early work comprises dour portraits of Dutch peasants and depressing rural landscapes. In 1886-88 he moved to Paris, where Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism had a big impact on his painting. He brightened his palette, experimented with shorter brushstrokes, impasto, and complementary colors. The paintings he made in Paris announce the bolder Post-Impressionist style that he is best known for today. Emotionally unstable, humorless, and argumentative, van Gogh eventually had a breakdown and moved to an asylum in the south of France where he painted landscapes, portraits, interiors and still lifes steeped with personal symbolism.

Vincent van Gogh, ‘Four sunflowers gone to seed’, August -October 1887, Painting, Oil on canvas, Kröller-Müller Museum
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Kröller-Müller Museum
Otterlo

Life-sized
This is an unusual flower still life. Here, Van Gogh does not paint fresh flowers in a vase or pot, no arranged bouquet of different flowers, no entourage and no background; just a few cut sunflowers gone to seed. The flowers are painted life-sized and fill the entire canvas.

Colour studies
In Paris, Van Gogh …

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Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853–1890
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Primarily self-taught and unappreciated during his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh made over 900 paintings and 1,100 works on paper during the decade that he worked as an artist. Influenced by Jean-Francois Millet and the Barbizon School artists, van Gogh’s early work comprises dour portraits of Dutch peasants and depressing rural landscapes. In 1886-88 he moved to Paris, where Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism had a big impact on his painting. He brightened his palette, experimented with shorter brushstrokes, impasto, and complementary colors. The paintings he made in Paris announce the bolder Post-Impressionist style that he is best known for today. Emotionally unstable, humorless, and argumentative, van Gogh eventually had a breakdown and moved to an asylum in the south of France where he painted landscapes, portraits, interiors and still lifes steeped with personal symbolism.

Vincent van Gogh

Four sunflowers gone to seed, August -October 1887

Oil on canvas
23 2/5 × 39 1/5 in
59.5 × 99.5 cm
Permanent collection
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