I was at a party last summer, a bit of a strange situation where the hostess was getting divorced and selling her house and everything in it … at any rate, as I was at the party, I noticed this Van Gogh Sunflowers copy (below left), and as you can see, there’s a sticker on it because it’s for sale. I’m sure I looked closer at the time to see the price, but I don’t remember now what it was, but it brings up the question – would you buy a copy of a famous art work to hang in your home?
I am also showing the original on which it is based, below right: Sunflowers, August 1888, which Van Gogh painted while living in Arles.
When I was just looking at the copy by itself, I thought it was very well done, but now that I see it next to the original, I can see more flaws, but it’s still pretty good. I think it’s interesting that the copy artist gave it more empty canvas space around the flowers, while Vincent painted his original right up to the edges. The copy artist also put in shadows on the table surface where Van Gogh has a flatter color.
This reminds me of the condo owner in South Orange who had a home filled with Van Gogh copies – check it out here.