Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Why is Vincent van Gogh‘s painting of a vase of sunflowers always being sold at auction for mind-boggling sums? One reason is that it seems to have captured the imagination, that intangible quality often referred to as the X-factor.

Another reason is that there are lots of versions. Here are three.

SunflowersI guess van Gogh liked painting sunflowers, or perhaps he wasn’t satisfied and just kept on trying till he got something he liked.

New Van Gogh painting

Actually it’s not new, but newly authenticated. This Van Gogh painting was recently confirmed as a real Van Gogh. There was a lot of doubt at first, but on close inspection a painting was found under this one which could be comfortably attributed to Vincent Van Gogh.

Self-Portrait, Spring 1887, Oil on pasteboard,...

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