“Now I understand, what you tried to say to me and how you suffered for your sanity“—Don McLean
Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (Tournesols) are the subject of two series of still life paintings. The earlier series, executed in Paris in 1887, depicts the flowers lying on the ground, while the second set, executed a year later in Arles, shows bouquets of sunflowers in a vase. In the artist’s mind both sets were linked by the name of his friend Paul Gauguin, who acquired two of the Paris versions. Eight months later van Gogh hoped to welcome and to impress Gauguin again with Sunflowers, now part of the painted Décoration for the Yellow House that he prepared for the guestroom of his home in Arles, where Gauguin was supposed to stay. After Gauguin’s departure, van Gogh imagined the two major versions as wings of the Berceuse Triptych, and finally he included them in his Les XX in Bruxelles exhibit
The above image was shot in a field of sunflowers near Brighton, Colorado with my (and now sold) Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN with EF 28-105mm lens (at 73mm.) You can pick up a used and affordably priced version of the lens here. Exposure was 1/200 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 200 with edge effects added from an old copy of Perfect Effects.