Sunflowers are flowers in which Van Gogh found harmony with his own soul. In his life he wrote a lot of them with pleasure, and his best times were marked by paintings with sunflowers - bright, vibrant, filled with strength and joy.
At that time he lived in Arles, in a small yellow house, bleached from the inside, and dreamed of creating a community of artists, a creative workshop in which, in an atmosphere of acceptance and inspiration, everyone could do whatever they wanted.
The first to respond to his idea was his friend Paul Gauguin, and anticipating his arrival, Van Gogh decided to decorate everything with sunflowers. At that time they were in all his paintings. Bright yellow flowers, strong and large, striving for the sun and falling asleep without it.
However, that period of happiness ended quickly. Van Gogh had his first attack of insanity, he was locked up in a psychiatric clinic, and, leaving there, he was devastated, miserable and very poor. There was nothing to pay for the yellow house, the sunflowers were no longer pleasing to the artist, and “Four Withered Sunflowers” was written just then. They are already starting to dry out.
Painfully broken stems lie in a heap, petals cowering, flowers helplessly looking in different directions, no longer looking at the sun. This picture shows the ephemeral nature of life. How easy it is to break the stalk of a sunflower, so it is easy to break the destiny of man.
However, the sunflowers are ripe, which means there is still hope. Seeds enclosed in them can be planted and become beautiful flowers. Nature will take its toll, old sunflowers will be reborn in new ones, and they will again be bright, yellow and joyful, will turn towards the sun.
The expectation of this radiant future in the picture is not obvious, but it is. As if invigorating himself, Van Gogh depicts flowers that seem to have been defeated, but can soon bloom again. Life is ephemeral, but it has no end.
And there is always hope.