Van Gogh’s Sunflowers
The mystery of van Gogh’s Sunflowers: One hot Summer in Arles in August 1888, Vincent van Gogh created four Sunflowers paintings. Two of these are now among the most celebrated and valuable paintings in the world: they’re on view in Munich and in London’s National Gallery. The other two masterpieces are lost – one was destroyed in an American bombing raid on Japan during WWII, the other vanished into private hands after it was exhibited in Ohio in 1948.
Now, an incredibly rare photograph of the lost Sunflowers painting has been found by van Gogh expert Martin Bailey—for the first time in years, the painting can been seen in its original, glorious vibrant colors, complete with a hitherto unseen frame that van Gogh painted to complement the flowers.
Determined to also discover the whereabouts of this "missing" painting, Bailey tracked the masterpiece and discovered that it was sold in the 1990s to a “very discreet, private collector,” probably never to be seen in public again.
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