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Glass Paperweight - Van Gogh, Sunflowers

Sale price $27.50 CAD Regular price $38.75 CAD

Size: 3" diameter by 1.5" height
Material: Glass
Weight: 0.75 lbs
Comes in an elegant presentation box.
Glass half dome paperweight with image by Vincent Van Gogh.

Van Gogh painted a series of pictures depicting sunflowers, having first been inspired by the yellow flowers in Paris where he saw them growing in the gardens of Montmartre. They were a motif that he often returned to, and in the summer of 1888 he embarked on a large number of paintings of sunflowers to decorate his studio and house in preparation for Gauguin's arrival. Sunflowers were symbolic of life and hope to the artist. In a letter to Emile Bernard written around 21 August 1888 Vincent wrote:
"I'm thinking of decorating my studio with half a dozen paintings of Sunflowers. A decoration in which harsh or broken yellows will burst against various blue backgrounds, from the palest Veronese to royal blue, framed with thin laths painted in orange lead. Sorts of effects of stained-glass windows of a Gothic church."

It is extraordinary that the artist, who was so plagued with mental illness and depression, was able to have interludes marked by such a positive outlook, which was reflected in his works.