What is the story behind Vincent van Gogh’s renowned painting Sunflowers? Find out all you need to know about his Sunflowers. Check out the front side and back side of the artwork. Discover how Sunflowers was significant to Vincent and how we can best preserve this masterpiece for future generations.
21 June until 1 September 2019
Painted in 1889, Sunflowers is one of Van Gogh’s most famous works. He painted five versions of this large bunch of sunflowers in a vase. Why did he choose the sunflower, and what did the flower mean to him? What happened to the painting after it left Van Gogh’s studio and are the colours still the same as 130 years ago?
Extensive research has been conducted on Sunflowers in recent years. We now know more about the fascinating genesis and condition of the work. The exhibition Van Gogh and the Sunflowers allows visitors to discover how important the sunflower was to Van Gogh and learn the answers to pressing questions such as how we can best preserve this painting so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come.
View the Sunflowers in the collection
Free introduction to Sunflowers
Begin your visit to the Van Gogh and the Sunflowers exhibition with a short introduction to one of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works of art. The introductions take place in the auditorium in July and August, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am, 11 am and 12 noon, and are in English.
The multimedia guide shows you more! Van Gogh painted five large still lifes of sunflowers in a vase, using brilliant shades of yellow. The guide tells you why Van Gogh chose this particular flower, and what his sunflower paintings meant to him. You’ll also discover what research tells us about the condition of the 130-year-old Sunflowers in the Van Gogh Museum collection.
Pick up the multimedia guide from one of the counters at the museum, or book it directly with your online ticket.
Why did Van Gogh choose sunflowers? What did scientists discover when they analysed this painting in the Van Gogh Museum collection? Book a tour of the exhibition Van Gogh and the Sunflowers and learn more about what the Sunflowers meant to Vincent van Gogh
Free Walk-in workshops
Be inspired by Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and try this expressive, colourful way of painting yourself! The workshops are free and suitable for all ages.
With support of
The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of The Sunflower Collective and the support of our partners and sponsors: