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Portrait of Vincent van Gogh painting sunflowers

Painting, 1888, 73×91 cm

Description of the artwork «Portrait of Vincent van Gogh painting sunflowers»

Canvas "Van Gogh painting sunflowers" it may be one of the most striking reminders that the two truly creative people is extremely difficult to get along together. Moreover, in this tiny space, as the famous Yellow housewhere Gauguin spent together Van Gogha few unforgettable weeks in late 1888.

This time was for both artists very productive in terms of creativity, but to call them good-neighbourly relations does not. Almost all necessary them supplied brother Theo van Gogh, and Gauguin had to become the de facto babysitter for Vincent, surprisingly helpless in domestic matters, and few pay attention to the mess. Gauguin who complained that Theo bought it "like a prostitute" could not achieve mutual understanding, no persuasion, no scandals, no ultimatums. In addition, artists more and always competed with each other and on creative, and on the love front. According to one version, the main conflict between them ended cut off his ear and Gauguin's departure happened just because of female.

With such complex relationships it is not surprising that for all the time spent together, the artist painted only one portrait of each other. Van Gogh was much more interesting to write the chair of eachthan him. As far as the work of Gauguin, here can be seen as not so much a tribute to the talent of colleagues as a sarcastic smile at him. The artist annoyed by the passion of van Gogh to the yellow color and it the obsession with sunflowers.

Interestingly, Gauguin painted Vincent, as if looking down at him. However, for a painter, later depicting himself with a halothis view on others does not seem surprising. The man in this picture is a little similar to that of van Gogh, to which we are accustomed because of his self-portraits(and few photographs). Gauguin gave him a large and coarse facial features, leaving only recognizable bright red beard.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait

Style of art: Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1888

Size: 73×91 cm

Artwork in selections: 31 selections

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