What is the meaning of the sunflower?
The meaning of the sunflower is revealed in culture and art.
Let’s discover how sunflowers inspired artists: exploring the sunflowers’ cheerful nature.
The sunny face of the sunflower symbol has captivated cultures for centuries. Just take a look at the sunflower in art. Sunflower designs adorn pottery, tapestries, currencies, postage stamps, and paintings. Sunflower symbols keep showing up at your every turn.
Vincent van Gogh’s “Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers,” oil on canvas, August 1888. This public domain artwork reproduction is part of a collection compiled by The Yorck Project.
And appropriately he stated:
“The sunflower is mine, in a way.”
–Vincent van Gogh
The meaning of sunflowers is revealed in sunflowers in art.
And this one photo inspired me to write a love story.
Move over, Vincent, this sunflower is mine! Or at least, it’s my find. As I looked at the side of a rusted vehicle, I saw some scratch marks. And then I saw the overspray of paint. Now I cannot unsee the sunflower and the sun.
The special meaning of the sunflower story.
A sleeping beauty about to see the sun for the first time. Photo credit, Vineeth Vengolis, sunflowers in India.
The Legend of the Sunflower.
“Sunflowers,” an oil on canvas painting by the prolific sunflower artist, Vincent van Gogh, 1887. Reproduction image from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and added to Wikimedia Commons by ArtDaily.org.
“And they all followed the sun.” A field of sunflowers symbolizes abundance. The sun gives without an expectation and is rewarded with a devoted following. Photo credit to Laslovarga, creative commons license.
What is the meaning of sunflowers?
Sunflower symbolism bursts through this short love story.
Ukraine flowers as a symbol of peace.
Ironic to us at this moment in history, but back in 1996, the Soviet Union and Ukraine united in peace with a ban on the use of nuclear weapons. This stamp dates back to 1954 and shows how important the sunflower was to the Soviet Union’s agriculture. And today, both countries (if not in the throes of war) would account for a dominant role in sunflower production.
The sunflower symbol represents an emotional healing symbol, past and present.
Living aesthetically with sunflowers in art.
Aesthetics is a philosophy of appreciating beauty, not just at the surface but in a soulful way. If you feel connected to the story and artwork of the sunflower, consider this a sign that you’ve just discovered a part of yourself deep inside. Let it show!
Sunflowers in art.
Living spaces touched by sunflower art.
What is it about sunflowers that make you happy?
Ann Newman is an abstract photographer, writer, and creator of Annstracts. As a former, professionally-trained salesperson, Ann understands that people want to solve problems or accelerate growth for a better future. Exploring the symbolism in abstract photos, she lets them tell stories that offer hope. You might find Ann near her home in Phoenix, bent down looking at the tiniest details of a bug, patting any nearby dog, or looking up at a tree to figure out what bird she just heard.
Absolutely loved reading your love story!!!! I could understand why it became so personal to you, and how your emotions around your Mom came pouring out. This is a story that I hope gets published somewhere as it has such wonderful meaning. I’ll never look at a sunflower the same. Your words opened my eyes!
Wow, thanks Gail! Well, it is published in a way, hahaha. However, I would love to do something more with it. So if anyone has thoughts on that, I’m all ears.
Reminds me of this excerpt that I love about the sun’s generosity: “The sun each second transforms four million tons of itself into light, giving itself over to become energy, that we with every meal partake of…Human generosity is possible only because a magnificent stellar generosity pours forth free energy day and night without stop and without complaint and without the slightest hesitation.”
author: Brian Swimme, “The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos” (Who says scientists aren’t poetic??!)
I will definitely look that up. Thanks!