My Favorite Monet

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Bouquet of Sunflowers

This oil painting on canvas, which measures 39 3/4 x 32 in, is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Here is a description of the painting as posted on the Metropolitan Museum web site:

In December 1888 Van Gogh wrote: “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.” Gauguin must have seen Monet’s “Sunflowers” in the 1882 Impressionist exhibition or, like Van Gogh, at Durand-Ruel’s gallery in Paris in early 1886. That spring it was acquired for an exhibition at the National Academy of Design, New York, by A. J. Kingman, and has remained in American collections ever since: with Catholina Lambert, from 1892, and the Havemeyers, from 1899 to 1929. “Sunflowers” appear in four views Monet painted in 1881 at Vétheuil of the steps to his garden, from which this bouquet was probably cut.

The painting is signed and dated on the upper right in this way: Claude Monet 81

Bouquet of Sunflowers is very similar to this one:

Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers (painted in 1880)

Which do you like best?