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Sunflowers, 1888 or 1889
Vincent Willem van Gogh, Dutch
Oil on canvas
36 3/8 x 28 inches (92.4 x 71.1 cm)
The Mr. and Mrs. Carroll S. Tyson, Jr., Collection, 1963
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Looking Questions

  • Can you find twelve flowers in this painting?
  • Which ones are in full bloom? Wilting? Why would van Gogh choose to include wilting flowers?
  • Which flower has a red-orange center? Where else do you see this color (outlining the jug, the table edge, and "Vincent")?
  • How does van Gogh use yellow to lead your eye through the painting?
  • What is the mood of this painting? What do you see that communicates this?

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