Enjoying the colorful fall pallet and transitions this weekends in Sonoma County.
Inspired by the colorful sunflowers this summer in Sonoma County, I came across this article that peaked my interest combining both my passion for art and nature. A book published last year, The Sunflowers are Mine: The Story of Van Gogh’s Masterpiece by author and journalist Martin Bailey, one of Britain’s foremost arts investigators, sheds new information about Van Gogh’s series of 4 Sunflower paintings created in August 1888 in southern France.
Bailey’s book Reveals fresh details about van Gogh’s four sunflower paintings and new information about two of these sunflower paintings, now lost to public view. One has disappeared into a private collection in 1993, previously owned by Greek shipping tycoon George Embiricos and the other lost in Ashiya, Japan during World War II at Hiroshima. The remaining two are currently on display in European galleries and were under threat during WWII, liberated by the Monuments Men and saved from destruction.
Mystery of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Unearthed (series of 4 paintings)
* Three Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888. Private Collection.
* Six Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888. destroyed by fire during WWII Ashiya, Japan.
* Fourteen Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888. Neue Pinakothek, Munich Germany.
* Fifteen Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888. National Gallery, London UK.
Captured a few garden moments this weekend. Featuring Buddleia butterfly bush extraordinaire & Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, Golden Sunflower, Hollyhock, Crocosmia ‘Rowallane Orange’, Hydrangea and Anemone blossoms.
This proposal and plan is a creative solution to clean up the toxic plastic pollution that exists in our oceans. Boyan Slat’s plan, research, invention and crowd source funding strategy are a positive step forward to pitch in and help Clean Up Our Oceans. http://www.theoceancleanup.com
Art News ~ a significant collection of 62 Masterworks, including Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, Homer, and Seurat unseen for decades were bequeathed to the museum from the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and will become part of the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Interesting tidbit, the National Gallery of Art was founded in 1937 by Paul’s father, Andrew Mellon.
26 additional Masterworks from the Mellon Collection were also given to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), including Pissarro, Gauguin, Degas, van Dongen, van Gogh, & Seurat.