Van Gogh created not one but a number of paintings of sunflowers, including the five large and famous canvases with sunflowers in a vase while living in Arles, in the south of France, four of them in a single creative burst in 1888 and, the final one in the depths of winter in 1889.
The simpler painting shown here here was an earlier one – one of his first experiments in sunflower painting.
Van Gogh said the sunflowers conveyed ‘gratitude’ and he hung two of them in the room of his friend, the painter Paul Gauguin, who came to live with him for a while in the Yellow House in Arles.
For Van Gogh, who was fervently religious, the brilliant yellow of sunflowers represented sunshine, the south of France, and Jesus Christ, the light of the world. He worked fast on the paintings, driven by his intense love for these simple flowers, but also out of necessity to finish before the blooms wilted and their colours faded.
In this two-hour workshop, the aim is not to create a copy of the original, but to use it as inspiration to create your own unique work.
Event Venue: St Lawrence Church Hall, High Street Chobham GU24 8AA
Parking: there is parking at the village car park, a short walk away. Situated behind the Chobham Rider Shop, Chobham High Street, GU24 8LZ
Public Transport: There is an hourly daytime No 73 BUS SERVICE from Woking and Horsell with a stop close to the Church Hall