Van Gogh created four still life works featuring sunflowers which he had planned to use to decorate Gaugin's room in the so-called Yellow house. Van Gogh and Paul Gaugin worked together in the house that he rented in Arles, France for a period of three months during the winter of 1888.
Vincent van Gogh
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 92.1 x 73.0 cm Vincent van Gogh. Sunflowers. © The National Gallery, London. Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1924
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is considered one of the most influential post-impressionist artists in the history of Western art. During his short yet prolific career he developed a highly personal use of colour and brushwork, directly expressing an emotional response to his subject and his inner world.