Three Sunflowers in a Vase

Three Sunflowers in a Vase

"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) Three large flowers in a green vase, light background (no. 15 canvas)..." To Theo. Arles, Tuesday, 21 or Wednesday, 22 August 1888
Details:
Painting Date
19th of August 1888
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Description:
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.
“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) Three 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 3) twelve flowers and buds in a yellow vase (no. 30 canvas).4 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

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 73 x 58 Size 20 Figure
Arles: August 19, 1888
Private collection
United States of America, North America
F: 453, JH: 1559

Where Vincent Was:
Arles

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