Vincent van Gogh, one of the world's most well-known Post-Impressionist painters, wasn't recognized for his talent until after death. Plagued by chronic mental illness throughout his life, he lived as an unknown artist who sought solace in his art. Sunflowers were a favorite subject of van Gogh, and he painted them often. In fact, in 1888, van Gogh produced several sunflower paintings to decorate a guestroom where his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin was coming to stay.
While living together, Gauguin painted 'Vincent van Gogh Painting Sunflowers' and it is said that van Gogh himself was not particularly fond of the piece. In his lifetime, Gauguin was often criticized for experimenting with unconventional composition and stark, contrasting colors in his paintings. In the end, the two artists' differing ideologies lead to their fall out.
Today, the bold techniques Gauguin was criticized for in his time are now what make him a master of the Post-Impressionism movement. And despite his difficult life and tragic death, van Gogh's masterpieces bring hope and comfort to countless others all around the globe.