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Trembling before Marilyn Monroe's cultivated scowl

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"Please don't take this personally," I quietly implored my tall, slender, tousle-haired companion as we stood together in my garden, "but I doubt I'll be bothered to go and see Van Gogh's famous Sunflowers (1888) when it's here in Canberra later this year".

As The Canberra Times is always breathlessly reminding us, Van Gogh's celebrity painting is coming to the National Gallery of Australia. It is to be the superstar of the exhibition Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London, opening on November 13.

Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers, 1888, which will be on display at the National Gallery of Australia in 2020. Picture: Supplied

There was some chance my companion might take offence at my thinking of not going to see Sunflowers because she herself is a sunflower plant. She might have thought, unless I made myself clear, that I thought sunflowers uninteresting things for artists to paint.

"No, I find everything about you sunflowers wondrous and can see why Van Gogh found you irresistible," I gibbered to my gaunt but beautiful chum.

"It's just that there'll be queues of tourist-bogans jostling to see the painting and take selfies with it. Ugh! It'll be just a bucket-list thing for them whereas sensitive poetic aesthetes like me look to art to be deeply meaningful."

All true gardeners talk to their plants but of all the plants........

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