A Photo A Week: Yellow (Sunflower)



“I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.”    

— Vincent Van Gogh (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890)

On March 30, 1987, Japanese insurance magnate Yasuo Goto paid the equivalent of US $39,921,750 for van Gogh’s Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers at auction at Christie’s London, at the time a record-setting amount for a work of art. The price was over four times the previous record of about $12 million paid for Andrea Mantegna’s Adoration of the Magi in 1985. The record was broken a few months later with the purchase of another Van Gogh, Irises, by Alan Bond for $53.9 million at Sotheby’s, New York on November 11, 1987.   –Wikipedia

In his life, Van Gogh only sold one painting. Theo, his brother, had given him financial and emotional support through his life. Theo, died six months after Vincent killed himself, he was buried by Vincent.

In response to Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge – Yellow

38 thoughts on “A Photo A Week: Yellow (Sunflower)

  1. An artist is rarely recognized during his lifetime. We have only about 2/3 of Johannes Sebastian Bach’s music because he was considered a “minor church musician” until Mendelssohn discovered his St. Matthew’s Passion in the early 1800s. After his death, original Bach manuscripts were used in dustbins and to wrap fish at markets. I love your sunflower. It fits perfectly with the story of Van Gogh. Thank you for joining the challenge!


  2. A brilliant genius that was before his time and unfortunately never rewarded for the tremendous gift he gave to the world. Wonderful post Amy! (no problems typing a comment today)

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    • Thank you for liking the photo. The price they paid was extraordinarily high. I guess they were buying the future value of these paintings, might be driven by demands. Beyond my imagination…


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