Nienke Bakker, curator of a new exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum dedicated to the artist’s famous sunflowers, believes that Gauguin’s interest in the younger artist’s first foray into this subject almost certainly reinforced Van Gogh’s sustained focus on the flower. However, Vincent’s friend, colleague, and sometimes nemesis, Paul Gauguin, created his own interpretations of the golden floral symbol of southern France where Van Gogh and Gauguin once resided together. He also breaks some of the cardinal rules of painting from the time. Other five (5) paintings was previously done in Paris 1887. Van Gogh did create some sunflower paintings prior to this time though in Paris, France around the time of 1887. This series consists of sunflower clippings verses sunflowers in vases. According to BBC.co.uk: Regardless, Van Gogh's paintings of sunflowers have altered mankind's perspective of art and life. One of the famous artwork by Van Gogh was Sunflower series. All the paintings has similar layout, positioning and Proportion except minor differences. He painted 12 canvases, seven canvas in Arles during 1888-89. He made seven versions of them. Van Gogh’s Sunflowers uses an impressive range of techniques, from tiny pointillist dots to thick sculptural strokes. By Gauguin? The following blog was first published in April, 2011. Sunflowers? Sunflowers are famously associated with Van Gogh. Sunflowers had a special significance for Van Gogh. Yellow, for him, was an emblem of happiness – in Dutch literature, the sunflower was a symbol of devotion and loyalty. Sunflowers.