Star attraction of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum has suffered from pigment deterioration and addition of later varnish
The Van Gogh Museum’s Sunflowers will probably be conserved, to help preserve the picture and possibly bring back the artist’s more vibrant colours. The painting has been taken off display and is now being inspected in the conservation studio. A statement by the Amsterdam museum says this is being done “so that we can decide how best to conserve and possibly restore it”. Conservators are now considering whether to remove old varnish, which would enable one to see more of Van Gogh’s original colours—and make the sunflowers appear even more powerful than they do today.
The Amsterdam Sunflowers was painted in the Yellow House in Arles in January 1889, a month after Van Gogh mutilated his ear. The picture, with fifteen blooms set against a yellow background, was probably painted for Gauguin—although he never received it. It is a signed copy of the original version, done five months earlier and now in the National Gallery in London. Van Gogh also made five other still lifes of Sunflowers (they are in Tokyo, Philadelphia, Munich and a private collection and one was destroyed during the Second World War).
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