Vase with Five Sunflowers

Vase with Five Sunflowers

"I have 3 canvases on the go, (one with) 3 flowers, one flower that’s gone to seed and lost its petals and a bud on a royal blue background (no. 25 canvas)..... ....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." To Theo. Arles, Tuesday, 21 or Wednesday, 22 August 1888
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Painting Date
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.

“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 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.
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.5 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 – 98 x 69 cm – Size 40 paysage
Arles: August 20, 1888
Destroyed by fire in the Second World War
F: 459, JH: 1560

Where Vincent Was:
Arles

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