Arts Everyday Living: Van Gogh & Van Dyck–For the Love of Sunflowers

Anthony van Dyck, Self-Portrait with Sunflowers, after 1633, oil on canvas, Private Collection

Dutch iconic artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is considered the definitive artist of sunflowers, producing several still lifes of them starting in 1888.  That same year Van Gogh’s colleague and friend Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) captured Vincent at his easel below, engaged in the creative process.

However, more than two centuries before, Flemish master Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) posed with the beloved flower above in one of his several self-portraits.

How would you compare these two interpretations?  What do they reveal about each artist?


Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh Painting Sunflowers, 1888, oil on canvas, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands



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