Sunflower fans are seeing double

by Julia Bradley on January 28, 2014

Visitors to the National Gallery are playing spot the difference between two versions of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous ‘Sunflowers’ work.

The two paintings have been brought together for the first time in 65 years at a special exhibition at the gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square.

The National Gallery bought one of the two paintings from Van Gogh’s family 90 years ago and it now sits side-by-side with another version borrowed from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Three more Sunflowers paintings exist and are on show in galleries in Tokyo, Munich and Philadelphia.

According to National Gallery director Dr Nicholas Penny, the exhibition allows people who are interested in Van Gogh’s work to understand how he made them over and over again and examine the materials he used to paint them.

She believes bringing the two works together deepens people’s appreciation of the Dutch master.

Van Gogh painted the pieces in 1888 while he was in the south of France.

The two versions can be seen together until April 27.

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Julia Bradley

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