Van Gogh’s sunflowers were practicing with watercolors! Van Gogh sunflowers you can draw too

ゴッホのひまわり 水彩画で練習していた! あなたも描けるゴッホのひまわり英語記事

Van Gogh comes to mind when you think of a famous painter from the Netherlands!




What kind of person was Van Gogh? What was Van Gogh’s life like? What is your background?


solve these questions.


When you think of Van Gogh, he is famous for “Sunflowers” and so on.




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Van Gogh’s sunflowers were practicing with watercolors! Van Gogh sunflowers you can draw too


Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter active in the late 19th century.

Van Gogh, who left many masterpieces, is generally known as the author of the oil painting “Sunflower”, and is one of the very popular artists in the world along with Vermeer, da Vinci, Picasso, etc. .

Surprisingly, he is not well known, but his life span of 37 years is by no means long, and he worked as a painter for only 10 years. The reason is?

He works as an art dealer, but the shock of a broken heart causes him to lose interest in his work and get fired. It wasn’t until several decades after his death that Van Gogh was highly regarded and his work began to sell.

This article is about why Van Gogh, who can’t sell such paintings, was able to act as a painter. , why was his work not recognized during his lifetime? It summarizes Van Gogh’s difficult life as a painter from his upbringing.

In this article, I will also introduce how to draw Van Gogh’s “Sunflower” with Harumichi Shibasaki’s watercolor painting!


■Summary of this article
  • Van Gogh’s life
    Van Gogh was a late-blooming painter.
    Van Gogh was practicing with watercolors & Shibasaki Harutsu “Sunflower”
    “Sunflower” drawn by Tom who wrote this article Added 2022/07/02
    Harumichi Shibasaki’s solo exhibition will be held in 2022



Van Gogh’s life

On March 30, 1853, a son was born to a devout Protestant pastor in Zunderd, the Netherlands, Theodorus van Gogh, and his wife, Cornelia.

Van Gogh has an image of France and Italy, but he is actually a Dutchman from Holland.

Van Gogh’s birthplace, Zundert, was close to the Belgian border and was a place rich in nature with a wide plain. Even now, it is a small village with a population of about 20,000. In autumn, the flower parade using 8 million dahlia flowers is famous.

The area where Van Gogh was born and raised was dotted with farms, fields, forests, and even a windmill on the outskirts of the village. As a child, Van Gogh, who was said to be unfriendly and difficult, spent his time wandering the fields alone.

After the age of 10, when his mother encouraged him to paint, he spent a lot of time reading and painting watercolors. Van Gogh painted many flowers, including sunflowers, during his 37-year life.

Van Gogh was the eldest of six children and his father was a clergyman. His father, Theodorus, managed to support his six children by farming as a side business in addition to being a pastor.

Van Gogh, who graduated from elementary school at the age of 13 and had excellent grades, passed the difficult national high school “Willem II School” newly established in Tilburg, a town about 20 km away from Zundert.

In 1869, after leaving the National Higher School Willem II, Van Gogh was introduced by his uncle Vincent to join the Hague branch of Goupil & Co., which deals in paintings. Goupil & Co. was a firm that sold paintings to art dealers, and had multiple branches in the Netherlands and France.


Brotherly Love with Van Gogh’s Brother Theo

Three years after Van Gogh joined the company, his 15-year-old brother Theo also got a job at Goupil & Co. At this time, Van Gogh wrote a letter to Theo expressing his excitement at having the same job.

From then on, the exchange of letters with Theo continued until just before Van Gogh’s death. About 700 actual letters remain today. These letters are valuable clues for understanding Van Gogh’s work and life.

His four-year-older brother Theodorus (commonly known as Theo) supported Van Gogh for the rest of his life.

Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime. Van Gogh’s masterpiece was born because his brother Theo supported Van Gogh financially and spiritually.


Van Gogh exorcised and sent to London














Dismissed from Goupil & Co. in 1876, 23-year-old Van Gogh managed to get a job as a language teacher at a boarding school in Ramsgate, England.

Although he changed his profession, his experience as an art dealer laid the groundwork for “The Painter Van Gogh”.

For Van Gogh, teaching was a step towards becoming a priest, but his ability was very high, and his work was evaluated as such.

However, he was dismissed from his teaching position after less than a year due to his excessive relationship with students and behavior against the interests of the school.

And after being fired, Van Gogh was Reverend Jones in Isleworth, whom he had met during his time at Goupil & Co. At Jones’s behest, Van Gogh takes a job as a teaching assistant and preaching evangelist at the school he runs.

Van Gogh, who preached his first church sermon on a Sunday in November 1876, is convinced that this is his own vocation.

From then on, Van Gogh gave all his clothes and food to the poor, did not get enough sleep, and devoted himself to evangelism with fanaticism. He continued this way for about two months, but his health deteriorated and his preacher license was suspended.

In his disappointment, Van Gogh is forced to return to his parents’ home in Holland.

When 24-year-old Van Gogh returned to Holland in 1877, his parents moved to Etten, a town located about 10 km north of Zunderd (where Van Gogh was born).

His father took care of the work of the bookstore in the town of Dortreft for Van Gogh, and at first Van Gogh was also enthusiastically engaged in the work. However, Van Gogh, who thought that the bookstore job was a bridge until he became a pastor, devoted himself to the Bible even during his work and has neglected his main job.

After just three months, he quit and decided to become a full-time pastor. His parents agreed with Van Gogh’s idea and asked his relatives to help him get into the theological college in Amsterdam.

Van Gogh concentrates on studying for his exams and steadily prepares for passing.

However, about a year after he started studying for the entrance exam, he gradually began to question his studies to become a pastor. “Why is it necessary to study several languages ​​to save the hearts of the poor?” Van Gogh gave up on going to theological college about a year after he started studying for his entrance exams.

However, in 1878 he went to Borinage, a coal mine in southern Belgium, as a temporary preacher.

Van Gogh was finally able to do missionary work, but his excessive devotion to the sick and wounded became a problem, and the supervisory board stripped him of his temporary preacher’s license.

After that, Van Gogh stayed in this area (Bolinage) for about a year, honing his painting skills by himself while sketching miners and taverns.

As he drew many sketches, he began to feel that painting was his calling, and at the age of 27, Van Gogh decided to become a professional painter. It was the summer of 1880.

Around this time, he began to receive money from his younger brother, Theo, who felt that his brother’s talent as a painter had potential.



Van Gogh was a late-blooming painter

At the age of 27, Van Gogh decided to become a painter. With the help of his younger brother Theo, who was four years younger than him, he taught himself how to draw and started drawing as a painter.

At the age of 28, Van Gogh returns to his family home in Etten, the Netherlands. Van Gogh set up his own studio here for the first time.

He devoted himself to drawing and honing his skills through self-study. During this period, he made many copies (drawings) of his beloved painter Millet.

Van Gogh, who believed that drawing was the foundation of everything, worked mainly on his studies and did not paint oil paintings during this period.

Because he understood that there are technical barriers to overcome in order to paint oil paintings.

Birth of a sunflower masterpiece

Van Gogh, who arrived in Arles in the south of France, made his talent bloom at once. He studied his techniques cultivated in the Netherlands, the Impressionist style he learned in Paris, and Ukiyo-e. The beautiful scenery of Arles spread out before Van Gogh who fused everything.

The time has finally come for Van Gogh’s unique new painting style to blossom and his masterpiece to be born. He lived a clumsy life. But he can’t help but feel that every event, every parting had a meaning.

Café Terrace at Night, Arles Drawbridge, and his masterpiece Sunflowers are all works from his time in Arles.


Van Gogh practiced with watercolors

Van Gogh’s representative work “Sunflower” has an image that he specialized in oil painting, but it seems that he often painted watercolor paintings as a practice.

There are several famous “Sunflowers”, one of which is in a Japanese museum. The amount is 5.3 billion yen.

Van Gogh, however, seems to have respected the painter Millet, who was famous for his painting “picking up fallen leaves,” as his senior. This is probably because he repeatedly copied Millet’s works and learned techniques such as how to draw the pictures, and acquired the form.

Creating and building something starts with imitation.
I think it is important to have a humble attitude to imitate teachers and seniors without being lazy and to improve.


So, this time I am also practicing watercolor painting, and I am practicing this “sunflower” by watching a video of Harumichi Shibasaki’s watercolor painting.

Tips for easily drawing sunflowers with watercolor Beginner course

[ Eng sub ] Sunflower Watercolor Painting Easy Tutorial 水彩でひまわりを簡単に描くコツ 初心者講座


If you’re interested in watercolor painting, check out our related article! This is a watercolor painting that my daughter and I drew based on the video of “Harumichi Shibasaki”.


So, I watched Mr. Shibasaki’s video and drew a “sunflower”.



Watercolor painting does not require expensive art supplies from the beginning! There is no problem with the art supplies set used by elementary school students! 👇👇👇👇👇My daughter uses this too!




The genius painter Van Gogh has words such as anguish, madness, loneliness, fierceness, and frustration. It is true that Van Gogh was very clumsy. He took many detours. But I feel that every route conveys Van Gogh’s delicacy and quiet passion.


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