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Van Gogh 'Sunflowers' Reproduction in Hong Kong
Have you ever wondered how many 'Sunflowers' paintings exist?
In July 2013 the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam allows 3D reproductions of five of the Dutch artist’s famous paintings to be shown at Hong Kong airport.
I’ll discuss various 'Vase with Sunflowers' paintings and the HK exhibit.
When discussing Van Gogh’s "Sunflowers in Vase" paintings, there is certainly quite a variety, depending on the number of flowers.
They include: "Vase with 5 Sunflowers" (1888) which was destroyed in a fire in Japan during WWII, "Vase with 15 Sunflowers" (1889), Tokyo, "Vase with 15 Sunflowers" (1888), National Gallery, London, UK, "Vase with 15 Sunflowers" (1889), Van Gogh Museum,Amsterdam, "Vase with 12 Sunflowers" (1888), Munich, "Vase with 12 Sunflowers" (1889), Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, "Vase with 3 Sunflowers" (1888), private collection in US.
A cheerful print of "Vase with 15 Sunflowers" hangs in my home. Now I realize it is the 1888, National Gallery, London, UK, version.
Approved by the curators at the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, an exhibit of high quality 3D reproductions of five of Van Gogh’s most celebrated paintings are on display at a gallery at Harbour City shopping mall, attached to Hong Kong airport.
These superb 3D reproductions, called Relievos, are exhibited for educational purposes and for purchase. The following reproduced paintings are shown in Hong Kong: "Almond Blossom" (1890), "Sunflowers" (1889), "The Harvest" (1888), and "Wheatfield under Thunderclouds" (1890), "Boulevard de Clichy" (1887).
The Van Gogh Museum and Fujifilm partnered to create Relievos, the highest quality reproductions, replicating the original paintings as best as possible, front and back.
Van Gogh Museum curators approve the final works; all pieces are framed and numbered.
A fun scene, the highly recognizable "Sunflowers" can be seen on the steps of Ocean Terminal in HK.
Measuring 5 meters (16.404 feet), this delightful adaptation of Van Gogh’s bright, colorful painting of yellow is uplifting and certainly eye-catching.
The National Gallery, London, UK, states that Vincent’s "Sunflowers" (and more importantly the color yellow) is a symbol of happiness. At that time Van Gogh was awaiting the arrival of fellow artist, Paul Gauguin. In time, the two artists would disagree, Gauguin would leave, Van Gogh would become more mentally unstable, and Vincent’s hopes of an artists’ colony in the yellow house was just not to be.
The Hong Kong exhibit is the beginning of a pilot program to help fund the Van Gogh Museum’s renovation and expansion program.
Visit http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl for more information.
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