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23.11.2019

I live in awed admiration of dear Vincent Van Gogh and love the sunflowers that he loved to paint (an obsessive gardener, at the time of writing I am growing eight varieties of them, including the Van Gogh variety named after the troubled dauber).

And yet this week's news that the best-known of his several paintings of sunflowers is coming to Canberra has somehow failed to thrill me. I love great art but doubt very much that I will bother to sally forth to see this painting during its sojourn here during the National Gallery of Australia's just-announced blocksmashing exhibition Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London. The extravaganza will decorate the NGA from 3 November 2020 to 14 March 2021.

Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers will be at the National Gallery of Australia next year. Picture: Supplied

Mischievously, politically, the NGA has timed the show to open on presidential election day in the USA so that there will be a joint celebration of the finest of arts and of an end to the nightmare (it is only a dream, isn't it, Readers?) of the Trump presidency.

When and if I boycott Botticelli to Van Gogh it will be because there is something about the contrived display of celebrity paintings (paintings like this Sunflowers, almost, after the Mona Lisa, the most recognisable of........

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