I was reminded of Blake:
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done;
the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my sunflower wishes to go!
Sunflowers are synonymous with van Gogh! D. H. Lawrence once remarked that "When van Gogh paints sunflowers, he reveals, or achieves, the vivid relation between himself, as man, and the sunflower, as sunflower, at that quick moment of time. His painting does not represent the sunflower itself. We shall never know what the sunflower itself is. And the camera will visualize the sunflower far more perfectly than van Gogh can. "