Vincent Van Gogh’s inclination to bright flowers, especially sunflowers, is evident in his numerous botanical works. This particular piece was painted along with four others between August and September of 1887.
These fading flowers are quickly interpreted as melancholy and weak, but Van Gogh’s repeated use of yellow in his many works alludes to his hope and longing for a simple and lighthearted life.
Inspired by the form of the sunflower, Verlang points to hope.
Metal is bent and formed together into the shape of petals, each curling over similarly to those in Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
The exterior, hand-painted and textured, is a melancholy blue, but revealed on the inside is a radiant brass grind, similar visually to the texture in works by Van Gogh.
50″ round x 20″H, 317lbs.
*Limited Edition – Only 70 Available
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“Like every grinding on this piece is unique, is every day of our lives. The metal ‘petals’ are our actions, wrapping around us. They reflect our beliefs and shape us. We still have jagged edges, a reminder that we’re not complete or perfect, but by faith in God, we can be made perfect. Perfection is in the love of God.”
— Ernest Hershberger, Founder of Abner Henry