like The mona lisa of Leonardo da Vinci, Sunflowers of Vincent Van Gogh, a masterpiece that is celebrated in the whole world, will no longer travel abroad because of his “fragility”, announced on Thursday that the museum dedicated to the painter-post-impressionist Dutch. A survey carried out on the array has allowed to establish that his condition is “stable but fragile”, specified the Van Gogh museum of Amsterdam in the same press release by the voice of its director, Axel Rüger. “This masterpiece of our collection will now stay here permanently”, he adds.

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Realized 130 years ago, the table was the object since 2016 a detailed examination by experts from the netherlands, in collaboration with experts in belgian, Italian and Polish. This scientific research, using the most recent techniques, aimed at collecting a maximum of information on the web, including on its current state as well as on the materials used by Vincent Van Gogh. “An important conclusion of the research is that the paint layers are stable, but very sensitive to vibrations and to changes in humidity and temperature. It is therefore important that the table be moved the least possible,” said Axel Rüger.

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in the past, the painting was loaned only in exceptional cases. His last trip back to 2014, when the painting was exhibited at the National Gallery in London, alongside another of the five versions of the painting. Examined from the 11th of January in the workshops of the institution of the Dutch, Sunflowers should be again exposed to the public from 22 February.

In 2014, “The Sunflowers” from the National Gallery (left) confronted to those of Amsterdam, on the occasion of the last move of the painting to the museum Dutch. LEON NEAL/AFP

The series of paintings depicting a bouquet in a vase, painted between 1888 and 1889 by Vincent Van Gogh when he lived in Arles, in the south of France, is one of the most famous works of the artist. Five paintings are housed in different museums across the globe, in Amsterdam, London, Munich, Tokyo and Philadelphia. Founded in 1973, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection in the world of the works of the genius Dutch.

in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise