Friday, 12 September 2014

The "$30 Million" Sunflower!

The sunflower got the attention of Vincent Van Gogh, who captured its beauty on canvas. Vincent wrote in a 1888 letter to his brother Theo: “I am hard at it, painting with the enthusiasm of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won't surprise you when you know that what I'm at is the painting of some sunflowers ... If I carry out this idea there will be a dozen panels. So the whole thing will be a symphony in blue and yellow.” One of these paintings is now reputed to be worth $30 million!   If flowers can evoke different emotions, then I think sunflowers take care of bringing on cheer. They reach up high and produce large, bright flowers that resemble the sun, hence their genus name of Helianthus — Greek for “sun” (helios) and “flower” (anthos).  

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