This is the story of one of the world’s most iconic images. Martin Bailey explains why Van Gogh painted a series of sunflower still lifes in Provence. He then explores the subsequent adventures of the seven pictures, and their influence on modern art. Through the Sunflowers, we gain fresh insights into Van Gogh’s life and his path to fame. Based on original research, the book is packed with discoveries – throwing new light on the legendary artist.
MARTIN BAILEY is a leading specialist on Van Gogh. With a background in investigative journalism, he began his research in the 1980s. He has curated two exhibitions on Van Gogh and written extensively on the artist. Bailey is also a London-based correspondent for The Art Newspaper. His book Letters from Provence sold over 60,000 copies in five languages, including German, French, Danish and Spanish.
'Bailey's book is one that everyone interested in Van Gogh will want to own.'
‘a masterful overview of these cherished paintings ...I found The Sunflowers Are Mine to be extremely rewarding. A rich and praiseworthy study of these remarkable art works. Martin Bailey's many books and articles focusing on Van Gogh are well known and hugely respected. The Sunflowers Are Mine are a valuable and welcome addition to his work. A must-read.’
'a genuinely enthralling book'
"the scrupulously researched narrative contains a number of fresh insights."
'a handsome book, well organised and beautifully-produced, its generous colour illustrations fully supporting the original research ... even those well versed in Van Gogh will find surprises in it.'
'fascinating facts about the varied adventuresof the different versions of the Sunflowers and demonstrates with passion their great impact.'
'as crammed with interest and colour as the paintings it describes, recounting as well their ascent from little-regarded works to among the most popular of pictures.'
'the scrupulously researched narrative contains a number of fresh insights.'
'lucidly written and beautifully produced book ... Mr Bailey's wonderful book ... helps us to understand these great works more clearly than ever before."