Published on February 19, 2014 | by Catherine Van de Stouwe0
Exhibition review: Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers
★★★★★For the first time in 65 years, two paintings from Vincent Van Gogh’s five-picture Sunflowersseries are on display together at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.
On loan from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the second painting has been paired with the National Gallery’s own Sunflowers piece, acquired in 1924.
Displayed in Room 46 – away from the bustle of the main gallery – the paintings were a result of Van Gogh’s time in the south of France before his untimely death in 1890. Over the years, the Sunflowers series has easily become his most recognisable work.
It is well worth taking your time looking over these masterpieces – at first glance there are only subtle differences noticeable between the two vases of similar sunflowers.
The first has less definition and darker tones, whereas its counterpart – painted five months later – is richer in colour and each flower has a vibrant finish that makes them stand out.
Hanging on the adjacent wall are two x-rayed images of the Sunflower pictures. As a result of the scientific investigations, they show Van Gogh’s unique brushwork in finer detail, giving an insight into the starting blocks of the paintings, the materials and techniques he used.
Once you have finished admiring these pieces, head to the National Gallery gift shop, where you can pick up your very own Vincent Van Gogh toy with a detachable Velcro ear.
Open until April 27, this exhibition is an opportunity not to be missed. Free Admission – Room 46