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Flower tribute to Van Gogh

A monumental portrait of famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been recreated with flowers as part of celebrations called the Van Gogh Year 2015, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of his death.

The image at Museumplein in Amsterdam, where it was on display, was put together by about 60 volunteers from his home town of Zundert, the Netherlands, on Tuesday, reported the New York Times.

It was based on Van Gogh's own "Self-portrait with Grey Felt Hat" (1887 to 1888), and assembled with around 50,000 coloured dahlias.

The Van Gogh Year 2015, a year-long celebration in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, is organised by the Van Gogh Europe Foundation.

A special "A Summer With Van Gogh" programme, which includes concerts, lectures, workshops and nature walks, is being held at the Kroller-Muller Museum in the Netherlands' Veluwe national park. Meanwhile, in Arles, France, the Fondation Vincent van Gogh is presenting an exhibition of 40 Van Gogh art pieces, along with works by artists who inspired him, until Sept 20, according to the New York Times.

The artist died in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, on July 29, 1890.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2015, with the headline 'Flower tribute to Van Gogh'. Subscribe