Van Gogh's admiration for Monet was genuine. It is particularly in Monet's still lifes that we recognize what it was that Van Gogh learned from him: not simply the powerful and expressive palette but also a quality of impassioned drawing that is much more apparent in the flower paintings - forms painted at the range of stereoscopic vision, therefore more tactile - than in most of his landscapes.
Gauguin was telling me the other day that he had seen a picture by Claude Monet of sunflowers in a large Japanese vase, very fine, but - he likes mine better. I don't agree - only don't think that I am weakening...I shall go on working and here and there among my work there will be things which will last, but who will be in figure painting what Claude Monet is in landscape? You must feel as I do that such a one will come.... The painter of the future will be a colorist such as has never yet existed.