BLACK EYED SUSAN BROACH

$ 108

THE SUNFLOWER (HELIANTHUS ANNUUS) IS AN ANNUAL PLANT NATIVE TO THE AMERICAS. IT POSSESSES A LARGE FLOWERING HEAD, AND ITS NAME IS DERIVED FROM THE FLOWER'S SHAPE AND IMAGE, WHICH IS OFTEN USED TO CAPTURE THE SUN. THE PLANT HAS A ROUGH, HAIRY STEM, BROAD, COARSELY TOOTHED, ROUGH LEAVES, AND CIRCULAR FLOWER HEADS. THE HEADS CONSIST OF MANY INDIVIDUAL FLOWERS WHICH MATURE INTO SEEDS, OFTEN IN THE HUNDREDS, ON A RECEPTACLE BASE. FROM THE AMERICAS, SUNFLOWER SEEDS WERE BROUGHT TO EUROPE IN THE 16TH CENTURY, WHERE, ALONG WITH SUNFLOWER OIL, THEY BECAME A WIDESPREAD COOKING INGREDIENT.

IN THE 1880S, DUTCH PAINTER VINCENT VAN GOGH STARTED A SERIES OF SUNFLOWER PAINTINGS WHICH HAVE NOW BECOME FAMOUS ICONS AND ARE ONE OF THE MOST INSTANTLY RECOGNIZABLE PAINTING OF OUR TIME.

MATERIALS: THE FLOWERS MADE OF HAND PATINATED BRONZE WITH GOLD LEAF AND DRUZY STONES IN THE CENTRE. THE POSTS ARE 925 SILVER.

MEASURES:  0.75" L X 0.75" W

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