Somehow. in a strange and mysterious manner, the name of Van Gogh was always associated with flowers. He himself wrote in a letter to Theo: “Sunflower is mine, in a certain sense.” This flower was of special importance for him: yellow color represents friendship and hope, while the flower itself is represented by “an idea symbolizing gratitude and gratitude.”
This is probably the most famous of the entire series of pictures of sunflowers painted by Vincent in August-September 1888. At first the artist intended to decorate with these pictures a workshop in the Yellow House in Arles. Later he decided to hang them in the guest room, which he prepared for the arrival of Paul Gauguin, whose arrival in Arles was awaited with great impatience.