Van Gogh’s pictures of Sunflowers are the most popular above his art. He made them in Arles, in the south of France, in 1888 and 1889. Vincent drew in a result of five big paintings with sunflowers in a vase, with three tons of yellow “and nothing else”. Thus he showed that it was real to produce a picture with different variants of the one color, without any waste of expression.

The sunflower pictures had a personal weight for Van Gogh: they expressed “thanks”, he wrote. He fixed the first two in the house of his friend, the artist Paul Gauguin, who began to live with him for a while in the Yellow House. Gauguin was fascinated by the sunflowers, which he believed were “absolutely Vincent”. Van Gogh had then drawn a new variant during his friend’s live and Gauguin later asked for one as a present, which Vincent was unwilling to present him. He later created two loose copies, however, one of which is now in the Van Gogh Museum.

Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” is among 60 pictures from London’s National Gallery that are at this time hidden at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo—blocked due to coronavirus. The paintings had been delivered from the UK to Japan, fixed in the museum, and all waiting to start on 3 March. Then on 29 February made the decision that the Tokyo gallery had to stop their work because of the coronavirus.

The Tokyo show had been programmed until 14 June. Japanese galleries are wanted slowly to open in June. The main Tokyo venues will not do so before the end of that month.

Now it is being published in Japan that the National Gallery display will be prolonged in Tokyo until 18 October. This will setback its following exhibition in Osaka (at first 7 July-18 October, now postponed to 3 November-31 January 2021).

Van Gogh's Sunflowers in Japanese 'jail'

“Peach Trees in Blossom” (1889), Vincent van Gogh

The Courtauld Gallery has just declared the cancel of the last part of its Japanese journey of “Masterpieces of Impressionism: the Courtauld Collection”. With the main in the exhibit is its great Van Gogh landscape, Peach Trees in Blossom (1889).

Van Gogh's Sunflowers in Japanese 'jail'

The Ocean Outdoor digital billboard with the National Gallery’s Sunflowers

But now the in UK people can experience great feelings with the National Gallery’s Sunflowers out in the streets. Global advertisement costs have fallen with the coronavirus and the Ocean Outdoor organization has therefore given some of its digital screens free to the National Gallery for two weeks. Seven famous pictures are being shown—not amazing that they include the locked-down Sunflowers.


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