Vase with Twelve Sunflowers

Vase with Twelve Sunflowers

"So the last one is light on light, and will be the best, I hope. I’ll probably not stop there. In the hope of living in a studio of our own with Gauguin, I’d like to do a decoration for the studio. Nothing but large Sunflowers." To Theo. Arles, Tuesday, 21 or Wednesday, 22 August 1888
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20th of August 1888
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This canvas is one of four of Sunflowers painted  in a week late in August.  He hopes to decorate the walls Gauguin’s room in the Yellow House with them.  He will pick up the motif of the sunflower again in January of 1989, after the self mutilation of his ear and a December hospitalization in Arles and before he experiences a second episode of attack renders him incoherent for 10 days.  The related items are the other three canvases he completed that week.
The seventh exhibition of Les Vingt was held in Brussels from 18 January to 23 February 1890. Works by the 19 members of the society were augmented by the work of 18 other ‘invited artists’: Eugène BochPaul CézanneAlexandre-Louis-Marie CharpentierAlbert Dubois-PilletLouis HayetXavier MelleryGeorge MinneLucien PissarroOdilon RedonAuguste RenoirLouis Oscar RotyGiovanni SegantiniPaul SignacAlfred SisleyCharles Storm van ‘s GravesandeWilliam ThornleyHenri de Toulouse-Lautrecand Vincent van Gogh. See Delevoy 1981, pp. 197 ff.
Van Gogh exhibited six works: ‘Tournesols’ (Sunflowers in a vase (F 454 / JH 1562 [2704]) and Sunflowers in a vase (F 456 / JH 1561 [2703])), ‘le lierre’ (Trees with ivy in the garden of the asylum (F 609 / JH 1693 [2789])), ‘verger en fleurs (Arles)’ (Orchard in blossom with a view of Arles (F 516 / JH 1685 [2781])), ‘champ de blé; soleil levant (Saint-Rémy)’ (Wheatfield at sunrise (F 737 / JH 1862 [2874])) and ‘la vigne rouge (Mont-Major)’ (The red vineyard (F 495 / JH 1626 [2745])). See Delevoy 1981, p. 216 and letter 820 (Van Gogh’s list of the works to be exhibited).

 

“I’m painting with the gusto of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won’t surprise you when it’s a question of painting large Sunflowers.
I have 3 canvases on the go, 1) 3 large flowers in a green vase, light background (no. 15 canvas), 2) 3 flowers, one flower that’s gone to seed and lost its petals and a bud on a royal blue background (no. 25 canvas), 3) twelve flowers and buds in a yellow vase (no. 30 canvas). So the last one is light on light, and will be the best, I hope. I’ll probably not stop there. In the hope of living in a studio of our own with Gauguin, I’d like to do a decoration for the studio. Nothing but large Sunflowers.

Next door to your shop, in the restaurant, as you know, there’s such a beautiful decoration of flowers there; I still remember the big sunflower in the window. Well, if I carry out this plan there’ll be a dozen or so panels. The whole thing will therefore be a symphony in blue and yellow. I work on it all these mornings, from sunrise. Because the flowers wilt quickly and it’s a matter of doing the whole thing in one go.”

To Theo. Arles, Tuesday, 21 or Wednesday, 22 August 1888

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 91 x 71 cm Size 30 Figure
Arles: August 20, 1888
Neue Pinakothek
Munich, Germany, Europe
F: 456, JH: 1561

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Arles

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