Friday Favorite

Three Sunflowers in  a Vase by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh considered himself to be the painter of sunflowers, rightfully so as he is arguably most famous for these paintings. This subject was so dear to Van Gogh, who described them as a symphony of yellow and blue, that in a way they can be seen as a self portrait of him.

Once cut sunflowers wither fast so Van Gogh had to work quickly to capture what he saw. Here we see the transition of the sunflower from upright to nearly drooping. They’re commonly interpreted as signifying the impermanence of life though Van Gogh is quoted as saying that they might represent gratitude.

An alternative explanation is that they carry religious symbolism. Van Gogh’s father was a pastor and Van Gogh tried to follow in his footsteps. The following art blog poetically describes his sunflowers as representative of Van Gogh’s search for sun and pure light as well as a metaphor for his search for God.

Regardless of interpretation, each one of these that he painted is a masterpiece.

Below is an excellent BBC Documentary. It’s a longer video, but for worth watching if you’re a Van Gogh fan.


Friday Favorite posts are where I share works by artists who inspire me. To see more Friday Favorites, click here.

Since I missed last Friday, I’m posting two Friday Favorites this week (on a Saturday, though it might still be Friday somewhere…). Sticking to a schedule isn’t my strong suit, but I’m trying so bear with me!

7 thoughts on “Friday Favorite

    • Bacteria under a microscope is more cultured than I am (probably funnier to), but I’m glad you appreciate these! They’re a good way for me to try to identify and articulate what it is about a painting that I like beyond just saying “i like”.

      • I am going to take a picture of the painting I did back then. It was the room. One of the things about his paintings is the thickness, which was one of the things that attracted me the most. I remember using think brushes to create the same time of brush strokes. It is very simple, just pile up paint on top… heehee

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