|Painting Name||Still life: Vase with Fifteen sunflowers|
|Painter Name||Vincent Van Gogh|
|Place of Creation||Arles, France|
|Size||92.1 cm × 73 cm (36.2 in × 28.7 in)|
|Current Location||National Gallery London|
Among the many series of self-portraits, family members, peasants, still-life, cypresses and farmers there, he produced a little series of sunflowers proclaiming:
“You may know that the peony is Jeannin’s, the hollyhock belongs to Quost, but the sunflower is mine in a way.”
The current still-life painting is from the same series being as the forth version of the sunflowers. He painted it while his stay in Arles in 1888 just two years before his death. His fascination towards sunflowers was due to his intention to decorate his house just before his beloved friend Paul Gauguin intended to come at his house for some times.
Though, at his times, the series didn’t rewarded him much but some admiration just like other paintings, in 1987, nearly 100 years after his death, Japanese insurance magnate Yasuo Goto paid 25 million pounds for the painting, making the record breaking deal for any art-work at the time. Such a bad luck. The artist allegedly shot himself due to thinking of his life as a failure and after 100 years, his one painting gained significant amount which could be enough for him for rest of his life.