Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers 1888 | Oil Painting Reproduction
59 cm
Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers 1888
Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Size: 75 x 59 cm (29.5 x 23.2")
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Vincent van Gogh, Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers (1888)

Sunflowers (or Tournesols in French) is the title of two Van Gogh still life series. Of these, the most famous are the Sunflowers in Vase creations, painted during his time in Arles.

Who painted Still Life Vase Fifteen Sunflowers?

Vincent Van Gogh painted a Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers. Today, he is famous worldwide as a leading Dutch post-impressionist painter. 

During his lifetime, though, Van Gogh struggled financially. He only sold one painting and relied on his brother Theo for support. Consequently, his Sunflower paintings only gained critical acclaim after Van Gogh’s tragic suicide.

When did van Gogh paint this Sunflower oil painting?

Van Gogh painted his Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers in 1888. Unfortunately, it appeared just after Van Gogh left the busy streets of Paris. He instead painted the flowing sunshine and bright colors of the South of France. 

In this exciting creative period, Van Gogh invited his artist friend, Paul Gauguin, to join him. He hoped the two painters could set up an artist’s colony in the town of Arles. Waiting for Gauguin’s arrival, Van Gogh started a series of paintings. This series was Sunflowers, created to adorn Gauguin’s bedroom.

Writing to his brother Theo in August 1888, Van Gogh said it “won’t surprise you” to learn of his exclusive focus on “large sunflowers.” He described how these works would be “decoration for the studio,” which he hoped to cover in “nothing but large flowers.”

Interestingly, Van Gogh also created an earlier series of Sunflower paintings. Still living in Paris at the time, these artworks all show sunflowers lying on the ground (instead of arranged in a vase). These include works such as Four Cut Sunflowers and Two Cut Sunflowers (both painted in 1887).

Where is the Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers?

Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers (1888) currently hangs in the National Gallery, London, UK.

For Van Gogh, his sunflower paintings held special significance. He wrote to his brother about how they represented “gratitude.” The first two sunflower paintings decorated Paul Gauguin’s room in Van Gogh’s Yellow House.

Gauguin particularly appreciated these paintings, describing the artworks as “completely Vincent.” He later asked for one of the Sunflower images as a gift. Van Gogh was reluctant to part with his precious creations, however. So he created two rough copies, one of which is in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Describing the Sunflower works to Theo, Van Gogh wrote how they “grew in richness” the more you looked at them. He was particularly pleased to report that Gauguin liked them “extraordinarily.”

What are Van Gogh’s famous painting worth?

In 1987, an anonymous buyer paid $39.85 million for Sunflowers. With inflation, this equals over $93 million today.

At the time, this price more than tripled earlier records for paintings at auction. It’s even more impressive given that the struggling artist initially hoped to sell the image for just $125. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful in this attempt. 

How many Sunflowers in Vase paintings did Van Gogh paint?

Van Gogh painted his Sunflower works during his time in Arles. Between 1888 and 1889, he painted five large canvases with sunflowers in a vase. Each incorporated three shades of yellow as its primary tones. 

Indeed, he treated these works as a color study. He used new yellow pigments (only recently invented) to make his colors as vivid as possible. With these works, Van Gogh showed that a single tone could create a dynamic image without losing interest or definition. 

Showing sunflowers in all stages of life (from full bloom to decay), they also represent an entire life cycle in one image. 

Given its unrivaled status in the popular imagination, Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers is still one of our collection’s most sought-after Van Gogh reproductions. As one of the 100 most famous paintings, it’s an icon of post-impressionism and individual creativity. 

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