Clip: One Subject Many Ways: The Sunflower

6 Aug


I’m currently enjoying art critic Martin Gayford‘s The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles. Published in 2009 by Hachette, the well-researched book tells the story of how the artists ended up living in a house together in the south of France and how their time together influenced their work. It’s a great read for anyone interested in artists’ collaborations.

Both Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin painted sunflowers, but today we remember van Gogh’s still lifes better. It got me thinking about how even though van Gogh’s name seems synonymous with sunflowers, so many other artists throughout history have also painted this captivating flower.

Read more and see painting selections at Burnside Writers Collective.


4 Responses to “Clip: One Subject Many Ways: The Sunflower”

  1. redstuffdan August 6, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    Hi Stéphanie,
    Just loved this book and the revealation that they painted the same scènes, people and landscapes at the same time. Imagine them as great friends enjoying each others company as they committed themselves to their canvas whist observing the world passing them by. Not realising that two geniuses are creating masterpieces as they smoke, chat and rest in amiable silence over a pipe or glass of the local wine.

    Love your blog – full of originality and joy – Thankyou



    • Stephanie Nikolopoulos August 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Thanks so much, Dan! I love reading about artists who are friends and those who have collaborated. It’s also interesting to think about how some subjects are interpreted differently by different artists. Thanks for reading!

  2. safelake August 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Reblogged this on Lavender Turquois.


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