Van Gogh’s paintings of Sunflowers are among his most famous. He did them in Arles, in the south of France, in 1888 and 1889. Vincent painted a total of five large canvases with sunflowers in a vase, with three shades of yellow ‘and nothing else’. In this way, he demonstrated that it was possible to create an image with numerous variations of a single colour.
The sunflower paintings had a special significance for Van Gogh as he wrote that they communicated ‘gratitude’.
We spoke about the different tools that we use today and what they might have used in the past. We used cotton buds and paint to help us recreate the famous painting. What do you think?