Two versions of Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" meet at the National Gallery in London

Two versions of Van Gogh's


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The famous London art gallery, the National Gallery, will bring together this 2014 by first time in 65 years two versions that the post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh made of his mythical Sunflowers. The exhibition can be visited from last January 25 until April 27 in Room 46 of the famous Trafalgar Square museum.

In addition to have a unique opportunity to compare the two jewels of the Dutch painterThe exhibition will aim to present the results of the studies of these works by experts from the National Gallery and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, who have donated one of the versions for the exhibition on temporary loan.

Investigations focus on the comparative analysis of both works in terms of composition and materials used, allowing a better understanding of the meanings of the paintings and the relationships between the two. These two versions are part of a set of five Sunflowers that Van Gogh painted and that are distributed in different museums in Tokyo, Munich and Philadelphia.

Van gogh painted series of Sunflowers in 1888 in his room in Arles (South of France) to symbolize his friendship and loyalty to his mentor, Paul Gauguin, and to decorate the room in which he was to settle in the house in Arles. In a letter written to his brother Theo in 1888, the painter tells him that the breeze and the splendid brightness of the southern French sun had inspired him to make a series of sunflower paintings on which he was working at the time. Van Gogh and Gauguin worked together until the moment when the former had a nervous breakdown and cut off part of his ear, later entering a psychiatric asylum.

The Van Gogh's main influence on Sunflowers it is the luminosity and color of Japanese paintings, seeking simplicity in design and thickness of the contours, in order to create a brilliant style with unique effects. The technique ofimpasto, which consists of defining the shapes with thick brush strokes, is what gives the withered flowers that ethereal feeling.

The Director of the National Gallery, Dr. Nicholas Penny, has stated that 'the exhibition […] will deepen the personal appreciation of each visitor about the artist. We are very grateful to the Van Gogh Museum for making it possible«. And it is true that since the gallery bought the work from Vincent's family in 1924, this has been the main star of its collection and has sparked a long tradition of collaboration between the London art gallery and the Van Gogh Museum.

For its part, the director of the museum dedicated to the post-impressionist painter, Axel Ruger, recalled how wonderful and unique the 2013 exhibition was,"Van Gogh at Work",in which the Sunflowers of the National Gallery were exhibited, and thanked the National Gallery for the special opportunity to once again offer visitors the possibility of compare these two great icons of Art History.

Romantic, in the artistic sense of the word. In my adolescence both family and friends reminded me over and over that I was an inveterate humanist, as I spent time doing what perhaps others not so much, believing myself to be Bécquer, immersed in my own artistic fantasies, in books and movies, constantly wanting to travel and explore the world, admired for my historical past and for the wonderful productions of the human being. That is why I decided to study History and combine it with Art History, because it seemed to me the most appropriate way to carry out the skills and passions that characterize me: reading, writing, traveling, researching, knowing, making known, educating. Disclosure is another of my motivations, because I understand that there is no word that has real value if it is not because it has been transmitted effectively. And with this, I am determined that everything I do in my life has an educational purpose.


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