Well, for starters, they’re rare. Van Gogh only painted a handful of sunflower paintings during his lifetime, and many of those have been lost or destroyed. Of the surviving sunflower paintings, only a few are in private hands, while the rest are in museums.
But rarity alone doesn’t explain the high prices that sunflower paintings fetch. Van Gogh’s sunflowers are also popular because they’re beautiful and because they have a special meaning.
The sunflower was a symbol of hope and happiness for Van Gogh. He once wrote to his brother Theo that he was “sick of painting flowers” but that he wanted to “paint something that will make people happy.” And that’s exactly what his sunflower paintings do.
They make people happy because they’re so beautiful, and because they remind us of the hope and happiness that Van Gogh himself felt when he painted them.
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous and revered artists of all time. His paintings are characterized by their bright colors and expressive brushstrokes. Van Gogh’s work is treasured by art collectors and fans all over the world.
The most expensive Van Gogh painting is “Portrait of Dr. Gachet.” The painting was sold at auction for $82.5 million in 2013. The painting was sold by Christie’s, and the buyer was an anonymous telephone bidder. “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” is a portrait of Van Gogh’s physician, Paul-Ferdinand Gachet. The painting was completed in 1890, just months before Van Gogh’s death.
The second most expensive Van Gogh painting is “The Card Players.” The painting was sold for $75 million in 2011. The painting was sold by Christie’s, and the buyer was Qatar’s Royal Family. “The Card Players” is a series of five paintings that Van Gogh completed in 1890. The paintings depict peasants playing cards.
“Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?)” is the third most expensive Van Gogh painting. The painting was sold for $74 million in 2015. The painting was sold by Sotheby’s, and the buyer was an anonymous telephone bidder. “Nafea Faa Ipoipo” is a painting of two Tahitian girls. The painting was completed in 1891, and is one of the few Van Gogh paintings that depicts people from another culture.