THE HAGUE – Van Gogh’s iconic “Sunflowers” canvas is to undergo restoration work over the course of six weeks, the Amsterdam-based museum dedicated to the Dutch painter announced on Friday.
The world-famous canvas at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam is part of a wider series of still life oil paintings Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) worked on in Arles, southern France, between 1888 and 1889 depicting the large yellow flowers and considered the artist’s most well-known and reproduced set.
“For the next six weeks, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers will be in our restoration studio,” the Van Gogh Museum tweeted.
“During this time, the final phase of comprehensive research into the condition of the work will be completed. The painting will also be restored,” the museum added.
An international team has been inspecting the state of the masterpiece for two years and this is expected to be the final phase of the analysis.
Van Gogh painted five large canvasses in total featuring the sunflowers in a vase using three shades of yellow, revealing a work of great depth and beauty could be created using a minimal color palette.
The painting at the Amsterdam museum is a repetition produced in 1889 of the fourth version of a series he made the previous year and is 95 by 73 cm (37.4 by 28.7 inches) in size.
What distinguished this repetition from the others was the yellow background Van Gogh used. The remaining four “Sunflowers” canvases are in the London National Gallery (United Kingdom), Philadelphia Museum of Art (United States), Neue Pinakothek in Munich (Germany) and the Sompo Japan Museum of Art in Tokyo.
The painting is expected to go back on display on Feb. 22.