October 2013

Van Gogh's Sunflowers: Real or Imagined?

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 21:43

In a new book, art historian Martin Bailey writes that Van Gogh’s famous, post-impressionist sunflower paintings must have been too heavy for their vase. Bailey argues that under the weight of the flowers the vase would tip and fall over. But perhaps Bailey missed an important aspect of post-impressionism, namely to present an audience something beyond what can be observed in the real world. Post-impressionism thickens reality so that the work of art create a stronger emotional response.