Yesterday marked the 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the Netherlands' most important and well-known Post-Impressionist painters. The city of Amsterdam was host to an extra special celebration to mark his legacy - an homage to of one of his most iconic self portraits made using nothing but 50,000 dahlia flowers! Considering that flowers were one of Van Gogh's favourite subjects for painting, this tribute feels especially fitting. The results are undeniably impressive and can be viewed on the PBS Newshour blog along with images of family members laying sunflowers on his grave, a type of flower which has become synonymous with the late, great artist.
The portrait will be on display in Amsterdam until the end of the week and forms part of a series of tributes to Van Gogh across the country. The city of Eindhoven will play host to a special cycle path with unique lighting system which takes inspiration from the incredible Starry Night painting. This and many other exciting events are being organised by the Van Gogh Europe Foundation under the broad theme of '125 Years of Inspiration.'