This will be the last photograph of these eye-opening flowers which captured the attention of Dutch Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh. He was so infatuated with this flower that he insisted in painting it several times.
Van Gogh painted four versions of sunflowers dating from August and September 1888. Van Gogh intended to decorate Paul Gauguin’s room with these paintings in the so-called Yellow House that he rented in Arles in the South of France.
Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in August 1888, ‘I am hard at it, painting with the enthusiasm of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won’t surprise you when you know that what I’m at is the painting of some sunflowers. If I carry out this idea there will be a dozen panels. So the whole thing will be a symphony in blue and yellow. I am working at it every morning from sunrise on, for the flowers fade so quickly. I am now on the fourth picture of sunflowers. This fourth one is a bunch of 14 flowers … it gives a singular effect.’
Now it’s time to move on to another subject, although I’m still inclined to keep on capturing flowers with my camera. There is something in flowers that makes me meditate about the source of this extraordinary beauty—God.