Van Gogh even managed to give sunflowers soul. Most of the post-Impressionist's famous sunflower paintings were created in 1888 as decoration for a studio he shared with Paul Gauguin. He rented a small house in the South of France, painted the inside bright yellow and covered the walls with his bold, bright canvasses. As was his habit, he announced his new work in a letter to his brother Theo, "I am hard at it, painting with the enthusiasm of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won't surprise you when you know that what I'm at is the painting of some big sunflowers...I am working at it every morning from sunrise on, for the flowers fade so soon, and the thing is to do the whole in one rush."
In March, 1987, a Japanese insurance magnate paid more than $39 million for the original painting. That set the record for the highest price ever paid for a painting (a few months later, that distinction went to another Van Gogh when "Irises" sold for $53.9 million). A world famous floral arrangement that will never wilt!
Turn your living room into the Louvre
As an art lover, I would stand in the Musee d'Orsay all day, hypnotized by the tiny brush strokes and sublime swirls of color. And part of me always wanted to bring home a Picasso, Matisse or a Van Gogh. But then there was always that issue of price. I never seemed to have an extra $100 million lying around. Now I don't need it. Not since we discovered these stunning hand-painted reproductions of some of the greatest works of art in history.
Officially, I'm not an art historian. But I've been to some of the finest museums in the world and have to say that the detail and craftsmanship in these paintings is remarkable. If you've ever stood face to face with a true masterpiece, you know that there's no substitute for real oil paint on canvas. These reproductions are created one brush stroke at a time, by classically trained artists. There's no computer manipulation and no assembly line. In fact, it takes at least 10 days before the paintings are even dry enough to handle. Each masterpiece reproduction is a genuine, hand-painted oil on canvas, set into a sturdy, antique-gilded frame. Each work (including frame) measures 20" x 24". Specific frame design details may vary.