'Sunflowers' reunited: Van Gogh works get virtual reality treatment

It is one of the world’s most iconic paintings.

But ‘Sunflowers’ by Vincent Van Gogh ( 1853-1890) is part of a series, painted by the post-impressionist genius in Arles, southern France.

And now five different versions, scattered across the world, have been brought together in a virtual exhibition, reunited in one room for art lovers to compare and contrast.

Five versions of Vincent van Gogh’s Arles Sunflowers brought together for the first time using virtual reality https://t.co/4M1X18NxOs pic.twitter.com/LmEn0ejioD— The Times of London (@thetimes) 10 août 2017

“We’re at a moment in time where new kinds of experience are becoming possible for art galleries and museums all around the world,” said Chris Michaels, Digital Director of The National Gallery in London, home to one of the masterpieces.

“Those things are being changed by technology, particularly by things like social media, that allow events like this to happen that never could have happened before.

“Ultimately, this comes back to the opportunity inherent within the art itself. What we’re doing here is bringing together five works by Van Gogh that have never been able to be together before.”

In a Facebook Live broadcast on Monday, curators from each museum took turns to talk about their version of Sunflowers.

One can only wonder what Van Gogh himself would make of it all.

Van Gogh used a mirror to help him paint his self-portraits. It enabled him to experiment with different poses. https://t.co/pO1CRK0EKy pic.twitter.com/dgNa66tW5z— Van Gogh Museum (@vangoghmuseum) 9 août 2017
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