Van Gogh’s series of 4 Sunflower paintings, 1888

3,6,14 & 15 Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (series of 4 paintings)

3,6,14 & 15 Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (series of 4 paintings)

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.

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Three Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888.

Three Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888. Private Collection.

Six Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888.

Six Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888.

Fourteen Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888

Fourteen Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888.

Fifteen Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888.

Fifteen Sunflowers – Vincent Van Gogh, Aug 1888.

August Summer Garden Moments

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.

August Garden moments

August Garden moments

The Ocean Clean Up campaign and Boyan Slat’s creative solution

The Ocean Clean Up campaign and Boyan Slat's creative solution to address and clean up the growing plastic pollution problem.

The Ocean Clean Up campaign and Boyan Slat’s creative solution to address and clean up the growing plastic pollution problem.

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 100+ Masterworks unseen for decades bequeathed to museums

MasterArtworks bequeathed from Mellon Collection - National Gallery of Art, D.C.

Masterworks bequeathed from Mellon Collection – National Gallery of Art, D.C.

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.

http://www.boston.com/travel/destinations/2014/05/23/van-gogh-monet-among-works-going-gallery/HIKIMTbKyxRKXFveKyMaCL/story.html

Masterworks from Mellon Collection given to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

Masterpieces from Mellon Collection given to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/23/arts/design/rarities-from-mellon-collection-reach-new-homes.html?_r=0

Sonoma County Blossom Trail compilation – Spring 2014

Sonoma County Blossom Trail compilation – Spring 2014. Colorful and fragrant flower updates from Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, Sebastopol CA, Sonoma County. #SonomaHort flower details available on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/sonomahort and Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/sonomahort

Sonoma County Blossom Trail - Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, May 2014

Sonoma County Blossom Trail – Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, May 2014


Sonoma County Blossom Trail - Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, April 2014

Sonoma County Blossom Trail – Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, April 2014


Sonoma County Blossom Trail - Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, April 2014

Sonoma County Blossom Trail – Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, April 2014


Sonoma County Blossom Trail - Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, April 2014

Sonoma County Blossom Trail – Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, April 2014


Sonoma County Blossom Trail - Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, March 2014

Sonoma County Blossom Trail – Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, March 2014


Sonoma County Blossom Trail - Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, March 2014

Sonoma County Blossom Trail – Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, March 2014