SunFlowers, 1881 by Claude Monet
Bouquet of Sunflowers or sometimes simply Sunflowers is a painting by Claude Monet executed in 1881. The medium of the painting is oil on canvas. The dimensions of the painting are 39 3/4 x 32 inches, i.e. 101 × 81 cm. The painting was part of the private collection of H.O. Havemeyer who acquired it in 1929. On Mr. Havemeyer’s death, his wife bequeathed it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The sunflowers that Monet used as the subject for his painting grew along the steps that led to the garden of his house in Vétheuil. The painting was shown in 1882 at the seventh Impressionist exhibition. Monet’s technique got him the admiration of his critics.
Claude Monet’s Sunflowers: The bouquet is the single painting of Monet showing sunflowers and one of the very few Still lifes the artist executed.
Though some similarities between Van Gogh’s sunflowers and the ones of Monet exist, the first painted the individual sunflowers with a much higher level of detail whereas Monet focused more on the composition as a whole.