Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers Magnet

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers Magnet
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers Magnet
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Discover and celebrate Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers. Exclusive to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, our collection-inspired magnets add an artistic touch to any metal surface. 
  • Museum exclusive
  • 2.5" x 3.5"
  • Magnet packaged in a clear sleeve on paper story card.
  • Made in the USA

About the Painting:

While he waited for Paul Gauguin to join him in the Provençal city of Arles in 1888, Vincent van Gogh painted five audaciously decorative still lifes of sunflowers in simple earthenware jugs. At least two of these canvases decorated Gauguin's bedroom when he reached the city late in October, and the French painter came to admire them greatly. Always defensive about the tragic outcome of his stay--it ended with Van Gogh's self-mutilation and madness--Gauguin later claimed that the sunflower paintings directly reflected his own good advice, generously offered in Arles, that his Dutch friend avoid monotony by adding "bugle notes" of brilliant color to his paintings. Whether the Philadelphia Sunflowers precedes Gauguin's visit or is one of two replicas Van Gogh painted the following year, it is an explosion of brilliant color and agitated outlines the twelve flowers as full of angular energy and as vital and vivid in personality as the artist who painted them.

—Christopher Riopelle, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 207.

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