Vincent Willem van Gogh 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was
a major Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence
on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes, and still lifes of
cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. Van Gogh drew as a child but did not paint until his late
twenties; he completed many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. In just
over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, including 860 oil paintings and more than
1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints.
Van Gogh painted a series of sunflowers. This version is a major and placed
at National Gallery, London.
On 30 March 1987 at Christie's, London, this painting was sold
for $39.7 million.