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  • Sunflowers

    Artist:
    Gauguin, Paul. 1848-1903
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    73x92 cm

Gauguin, Paul. 1848-1903

Sunflowers

France, 1901

In 1901, when this painting was produced, Gauguin was still living in Tahiti and nearing the end of his life. Yet the subject dates back to the time of his friendship with van Gogh, in whose work the sunflower motif, a symbol of the sun, occupied a special place. In 1888, both artists worked together at Arles in Provence, and van Gogh painted a number of now famous still lives with sunflowers. Gauguin took to growing these flowers in Oceania from seeds sent specially from France. The artist's fantasy turns reality into mystery, the eye which takes shape in the centre of the flower in the background creating a mystical mood, recalling the "all-seeing eye" which is often found in Christian churches. The face in the window also has much in common with the blank features of Buddha. Thus the exotic land of Oceania was combined with nostalgic reminiscences of the Europe the artist had left behind.

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Sunflowers

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oil

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73x92 cm

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ГЭ-6516

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