In 1888, Vincent Van Gogh was waiting for the arrival of his friend Paul Gauguin at his home in Arles. The modern artist had plans to create The Studio of the South and work with his friend, hopefully attracting more artists. He was enthusiastic about creating a new way of painting that revolved around capturing the effect of the sunlight like the Impressionist artists did, and wished to do this along with Gauguin’s guidance. Van Gogh paints Sunflowers II to hang in the guest room to welcome him and convince him to work together, and also painted Vase with Twelve Sunflowers to pair with it.
These were not the only sunflower paintings Van Gogh produced. In a small period, he paints many other masterpieces with the same flower, changing a few details in color and composition from one to another. This was not the first time he approached this theme; while living in Paris a year earlier, he produced a series of sunflowers but fallen on the floor, as opposed to in vases. These earlier works differ, as the flowers are dried out, fallen and look like they are dying. Gauguin had already admired these paintings very much, but when he arrived in Arles and saw this new take on the subject, he knew Van Gogh had found his ultimate theme. He was one of the few artists of the time who saw Van Gogh’s greatness.
The masterpiece Sunflowers II was painted with the intention of later decorating their new studio. Van Gogh does not shy away from the real representation of the flowers, but of course in his stylized way. As he worked with real flowers as a reference, some would have fewer petals, be dried up or shriveled – he painted them just as they were.
This series of painting represented very similar composition, having a centered vase and a base support, like a table. What Van Gogh did vary was the number of sunflowers and the colors used. In Sunflowers II, the artist uses tonalities of yellow predominantly. The background is a bright yellow, and the table is a little darker, having a darker contour to separate the two areas. The flowers vary from a light, vibrant yellow to orange-brown and ochre. He complements these colors with some stems and leaves in green, and some details in light blue, like his signature on the vase.
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