The Sunflower brooch is an ode to the Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). He painted the Sunflowers (Zonnebloemen) in Arles (Southern France) in 1889. According to Van Gogh, sunflowers stood for ‘gratitude’. He has painted a total of five canvases with sunflowers and they are now his most important work. For this brooch, For this brooch, Michael Barnaart reduced the organic lines of the sunflowers to the essence, without losing Van Gogh’s capricious handwriting.
Vincent van Gogh wanted to show with his sunflowers that it was possible to make a powerful painting in different variants of one color (yellow) and nothing else. With this in mind, Michael Barnaart designed this brooch in one shade of matte gold. The reflection of the light on the relief creates different color nuances.
Each enamel brooch is engraved and numbered, making it a unique collector’s item. The Sunflower is accompanied by a beautiful gift box.
Strong images from both high and popular culture play an important role in the design of the brooches. By simplifying and abstracting shapes, a powerful and iconic image is created. The geometric compositions fit in with the design tradition of Dutch design.
Brooch size: 37 mm x 40 mm
Do not use in combination with a pacemaker.
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Arles, January 1889
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
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