Vincent van Gogh was very happy that Gauguin would come to live with him in The yellow House in Arles. The Sunflowers that he had painted to decorate Gauguin’s room expressed his happiness and Van Gogh was very proud of them. A deeper meaning of the Sunflowers is the cycle of life and death, shown by the various stages of life of the sunflowers.

Today 131 years ago, on or about 19 November 1889,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence:

"As for the Vingtistes, here’s what I’d like to exhibit:
  • 1 and 2 - the two pendants of sunflowers
  • 3 - The ivy, upright
  • 4 - Orchard in blossom (the one Tanguy’s exhibiting at the moment, with poplars crossing the canvas)
  • 5 - The red vineyard
  • 6 - Wheatfield, rising sun, which I’m working on at the moment."

One of the Sunflower paintings Vincent sent to the "Les XX” exhibitions was:

Sunflowers in a vase
Arles, 1888
Oil on canvas
91 × 72 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

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