The oil painting entitled Sunflower is considered one of Gustav Klimt’s most famous landscapes and was concluded in 1907. During this period, the artist was working alongside his mentor and close friend, Vincent Van Gogh of the Post-Impressionism. About eighteen years prior to this work, Van Gogh painted a series of still life portraying the same flowers which were often used to compare Klimt’s work – including Still Life with Sunflowers, and especially Vase with Twelve Sunflowers II because of the blue background.
Although there is a similarity in theme, it is interesting to note that Klimt’s Sunflower is, in fact, a view of a landscape, while the Post-Impressionist’s portrays a floral arrangement, in other words, a still life. Another compelling difference is that the Austrian’s interpretation is gloomy; a tall, lone sunflower in a cool atmosphere – while Van Gogh’s series are bright and cheerful. Although, many years earlier to the works mentioned before, the Dutch painter concluded his first series of these yellow flowers with a heavier feeling, including Four Cut Sunflowers and Still Life with Two Sunflowers.
Many art historians link the painting SunFlower to the artist’s most famous work, The Kiss, because of the similar shape created by the two bodies and the flower, dividing the square canvas into three vertical areas. The two artworks were done in Klimt’s golden phase. Different than The Kiss, this landscape doesn’t feature as much gold. The painter used this element more discreetly, and researchers believe he painted a layer of gold and painted over it, which can be seen in the specks of gold peaking from the brushstrokes in the background.
The large, round sunflower grows tall and almost reaches the limits of the canvas. Its core is dark brown, and its small, delicate, bright yellow petals are drooping towards the ground. Klimt depicted the large leaves that cover the whole plant with a beautiful blend of green, brown and violet-blue pigments. There is a bush of wildflowers surrounding the bottom of the plant with white, red, purple, and yellow blossoms of various tonalities. The background shows a wall of dark green and blue leaves, painted with swift, short brushstrokes, along with randomly placed specks of white flowers. The bottom of the canvas features a small area of grass with delicate pink flowers growing on each side.
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