Sunflowers in 19th Century Art & Prose

Arguably best known for his sunflowers, there was one Vincent van Gogh thought better.

That painter was Claude Monet.

In a letter to his brother, van Gogh wrote: “[Paul] Gauguin was telling me the other day that he had seen a picture by Claude Monet of sunflowers in a large Japanese vase, very fine, but – he likes mine better. I don’t agree.”

Will you? For many Victorian artist captured the blooms to canvas and each is as unique as the flowers themselves.

The Heart of English Gardens

The expanse of a manicured lawn rolled out as a carpet to Hampton Court.

Lancelot Brown attempted to share his vision of the property. How could he quite explain to Hannah Moore?

“‘Now there’ said he, pointing his finger, ‘I make a comma, and there’ pointing to another spot, ‘where a more decided turn is proper, I make a colon; at another part, where an interruption is desirable to break the view, a parenthesis; now a full stop, and then I begin another subject'”, Moore captured their exchange.