Ah Sunflower – The Beauty of the Timeless and Resilient Sunflower

Ah Sunflower
Ah Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!

-William Blake

Artists and poets are inspired by and have expressed the beauty of the timeless and resilient sunflower for generations. Here are a few of the favorites.


Two Cut Sunflowers
Vincent van Gogh


Still life with four sunflowers
Vincent van Gogh


Monet’s Sunflowers, also known as Tournesols, is a beautiful, impressionistic piece created in 1881.


Diego Rivera
Girl with Sunflowers or Muchacha con Girosoles


Portrait of Vincent van Gogh (called the sunflower painter by Gauguin) by Paul Gauguin


The late artist Keith Haring drew this dancing sunflower for Victoria Leacock.

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