The “Flowery Painting” is the second painting by Vincent van Gogh to make its way into New Horizons, and it is a beautiful, welcome inclusion.

The real Flowery Painting

The “Flowery Painting” is always genuine. (I think even Redd knew better than to try to fake any of Van Gogh’s works!)

Once placed in the museum, the description provided on the plaque will read,

Sunflowers, Vincent van Gogh, circa 1888

Oil on canvas

Van Gogh painted this piece when he moved to the south of France in search of more vibrant colors. Yellow was Van Gogh’s favorite color, and he made seven paintings that featured sunflowers during this time.

The version of Sunflowers included is actually the 4th version that Van Gogh painted. He really liked his flowery paintings! Here are the other versions for comparison:

Sunflowers, First Edition
Vincent van Gogh, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Sunflowers, First Edition

Sunflowers, Second Edition
Vincent van Gogh, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Sunflowers, Second Edition

Sunflowers, Fourth Edition
Vincent van Gogh, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Sunflowers, Fourth Edition

The fourth version is the most famous, and a lot of fans recognize it immediately – but it is actually the third version that made its way into the episode of Doctor Who, Vincent and the Doctor.

The version of the flowery painting that appeared in Doctor Who.

Sunflowers, Third Edition (Slightly modified for Doctor Who)

The inclusion is still beautiful, and we all want to believe that Van Gogh was able to have some happiness in his life, and he knew he wasn’t a failure.

And for a special bonus – here is my quick 5 minute, terrible doodle!

Flurpy's 5 minute version of the flowery painting!

Looking for more information on the art in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Check out the master list of all the art available!

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