Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ is going on display as part of a rare exhibition

Image via Van Gogh Museum
Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

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No matter how much you know or don’t know about art, chances are you’ve seen Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers before.

The five-part series, created between 1888 and 1889, is arguably the painter’s most famous body of work. Nobody but Van Gogh himself knows why he found sunflowers so inspiring, but the result has undoubtedly stood the test of time.

And if you happen to be in the Netherlands over the next few months, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with one of these iconic pieces.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam currently hosts one painting from the series (namely, a yellow-heavy version painted in 1889) but, following extensive research and conservation, has put an indefinite ban on lending it out to other galleries. Chances to see this particular painting were already pretty rare, with the piece being lent out only six times in the last 46 years.

But luckily, the Museum is hosting an intensive exhibition with the Sunflowers series at its centre.

As well as displaying its freshly restored 1889 iteration – giving visitors a 360-degree view of the masterpiece for the first time – the Museum will explore the artist’s signature techniques and sources of inspiration.

You’ll also learn all about art preservation methods, including how Van Gogh’s work has been cared for over the last 130 years.

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers will run from June 21 to September 1. Tickets are available here.  


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