Van Gogh painted:

4 paintings with cut sunflowers, all in Paris in 1887:

Four Cut Sunflowers (Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo)
Two Cut Sunflowers (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)
Two Cut Sunflowers (Kunstmuseum Bern)
Two Cut Sunflowers (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

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7 paintings with sunflowers in a vase, in Arles:

Still Life: Vase with 5 Sunflowers, 1888 (Destroyed by fire in the Second World War)
Still Life: Vase with 15 Sunflowers, 1888 (National Gallery, London)
Still Life: Vase with 12 Sunflowers, 1888 (Neue Pinakothek, Munich)
Three Sunflowers in a Vase, 1888 (Private collection, USA)
Still Life: Vase with 15 Sunflowers, 1889 (Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo)
Still Life: Vase with 15 Sunflowers, 1889 (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)
Still Life: Vase with 12 Sunflowers, 1889 (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

So Van Gogh painted 11 sunflower paintings with 10 + 77 = 87 sunflowers in total.

Today 133 years ago, on 21 August 1888

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo van Gogh from Arles:

"I’m painting with the gusto of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won’t surprise you when it’s a question of painting large Sunflowers. I have 3 canvases on the go, 1) 3 large flowers in a green vase, light background (no. 15 canvas), 2) 3 flowers, one flower that’s gone to seed and lost its petals and a bud on a royal blue background (no. 25 canvas), 3) twelve flowers and buds in a yellow vase (no. 30 canvas). So the last one is light on light, and will be the best, I hope. I’ll probably not stop there. In the hope of living in a studio of our own with Gauguin, I’d like to do a decoration for the studio. Nothing but large Sunflowers.”

Three Sunflowers
Arles, 1888
Oil on canvas
73 x 58 cm
Private collection
How many Sunflowers did Vincent van Gogh paint?
Hand-painted reproduction of Van Gogh's 'Three Sunfowers in a Vase'

Van Gogh two cut sunflowers
Hand-painted reproduction of Van Gogh's 'Two Cut Sunflowers'

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