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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 Vase With Twelve Sunflowers to hang in the guest room to welcome him and convince him to work together, and also painted Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers to pair with it.
These were not the only sunflower paintings Van Gogh produced. In a small period, he painted 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.
This masterpiece 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 Vase With Twelve Sunflowers, the artist used tonalities of yellow predominantly — applying the color to the vase, flowers, and table. The flowers vary from a light, vibrant yellow to orange-brown and ochre. Different from its pair, this version of the painting has a blue background that highlights, even more, the bright flowers.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Vase With Twelve Sunflowers, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Vase With Twelve Sunflowers that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
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You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
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meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
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