Described by his brother Theo as having “the effect of a piece of cloth with satin and gold embroidery, “Vase with Sunflowers” by Vincent Van Gogh was conceptually innovative, depicting flowers in all life stages within a single bouquet. One of a series of 30 sunflower paintings created in 1889, Van Gogh (1853 – 1890), who suffered from severe depression, painted these cheery paintings during the sunny months, to help relieve his extreme sadness. Only selling one painting during his life, Van Gogh has become synonymous with the sunflowers that have profoundly impacted the advancement of art.
The brilliant artwork of post-Impressionist Dutch Master Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) powerfully impacted countless artistic movements. Producing all of his works within a decade, Van Gogh’s output in just one year totaled 150 paintings and drawings. Van Gogh painted outdoors with a special talent for capturing the subtleties of nighttime light and shadow. He suffered from lifelong bouts with mental illness yet created many of his masterpieces while institutionalized. Selling only one painting during his lifetime, Van Gogh has endured as one of the last century’s most influential artists.