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Van Gogh embarked on these on Monday, August 20, temporarily forced to work indoors by a Mistral wind which, he complained, blew over his canvas and easel when he painted outdoors. By August 26, he had finished four sunflower pictures – which in itself is a token of the dangerous velocity at which he was moving at that point, painting at warp speed.
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From the moment of his arrival in Provence on February 20, Van Gogh’s art moved forward at a furious pace. The fields of ripe wheat which he painted in June and July were magnificent. But the most extraordinary pictures he produced in that summer were the Sunflowers.
At one point, Van Gogh planned to paint 12 sunflower pictures to hang on the walls of his dwelling (the Yellow House). But the weather improved, and – characteristically – he raced off on another idea. His satisfaction with the last two of the four August Sunflower pictures was shown, however, by the fact that when Gauguin finally arrived for a short, fraught stay with Van Gogh in Arles – – those were among the paintings hung in the place of honour on his bedroom walls. In late November and early December, Gauguin painted a portrait of Van Gogh, portraying him at work before a bouquet of blooms, as The Painter of Sunflowers.
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For, although the National Gallery’s picture is, in general estimation, the most important, daring and beautiful of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers it is by no means the only one. The artist, who lived from 1853 to 1890, tackled the theme on numerous occasions.
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From today, there will be even more visitors’ feet on that much-used area of flooring, because the National Gallery’s Sunflowers is going to be reunited with another version of the same composition painted by Van Gogh a few months later, in what promises to be a remarkable exercise in compare and contrast.
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For nearly a century, Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh has been among the paintings most loved by the British public. According to , The Sunflowers are Mine, the patch of floor in front of it “gets more scuffed” than that in front of any other work in the National Gallery, and its postcard outsells all others in the bookshop. Mrs Thatcher, displaying more enthusiasm than botanical precision on a visit to the museum, demanded to be shown “Van Gogh’s Chrysanthemums”, (and no curator dared correct her).
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The Sunflowers continued to cause outrage into the 20th century. When the epoch-making exhibition Manet and the Post-Impressionists opened in London in November 1910, it contained not one, but two of the Sunflowers. This was the first real exposure of the British public to modern art, and Van Gogh’s flowers were one of the targets of a vintage explosion of philistinism.