Van Gogh in the office

A Van Gogh is in my workplace. I stare at this painting several times a day. And though it doesn't ease chronic eyestrain caused by the lovable LCD computer screen that doesn't love me back, it's comforting to look at great art while next to some industrial business furnishings such as a boxy, anachronistically-designed Lenovo CPU and mismatched desk and chair.


A reproduction of Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" (1888) hanging on our office wall.
This particular work is the third in the series of sunflowers Van Gogh completed and displayed in Munich. Van Gogh loved sunflowers and considered them his. It also caught Paul Gauguin's attention, as he wrote in 1889:
"Gauguin likes them extraordinarily. He said to me among other things - 'That...it's...the flower.' "
I wonder why contemporaneous modernist works are the most accessible that they can just be hung in informal, personal spaces without any hesitation. Maybe because they're not as heavy in thematic as Renaissance works? Or is it because their artists also intended these to be works for their own? Van Gogh himself instructed that the painting be kept by his brother alone, and not be sold to anyone else.

The original Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers, Munich, Germany.
Vincent also wrote:
"You will see that these canvases will catch the eye ... It is a kind of painting that rather changes in character, and takes on a richness the longer you look at it."
True for me, too. These flowers have new life everyday. They never wilt, and they just stay there against the wall. #

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