The Sunflower paintings are a series of paintings by one of the most famous painters of all times, Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh painted many of these painting while he was in France primarily during the late 1880s.It is said that the first painting was made by him for his friend Paul Gauguin.
During his stay in France, Van Gogh a lover of flowers had a chance to see various sunflowers growing near his place and this probably inspired him to make these paintings. He in fact made multiple versions of his paintings himself.
One of the striking aspects of these Sunflower paintings is that although the paintings appear to be similar at the first glance, when you look closely, one can observe various differences deliberately made by the artist to make each painting unique by itself. In some paintings, the colors used are different, in some the structure of the petals or the leaves are different and so on.
The vibrant use of colors and the distinct strokes have made these paintings a part of homes across the globe. These paintings can be easily told as an epitome of simplicity; if a simple piece of art work can bring in brightness, there is no finer example to that.
Just like sunflowers brought happiness to Van Gogh, these paintings are sure to bring a bright feeling to anyone who looks at these master pieces.
Over a period of time, many of Van Gogh’s paintings which have used chrome yellow have turned brown, the reason of which remained unclear. European researchers through a series of experiments found that this is because of a chemical reaction triggered due to exposure to sunlight. The paints could have contained lead chromate which had caused the reaction.
These paintings have been replicated by various artists worldwide and are easily one of the most popular paintings of all times.