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Today I learned that Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime, The Red Vineyard, for 400 Francs (about US$1,600). It is now considered to be one of the most valuable paintings in the world.

The Red Vineyard (75.0 x 93.0 cm) was painted November 4 1888 by Vincent van Gogh. While painting Van Gogh was not standing in front of the Vineyard, he painted it at the Yellow House completely out of memory and imagination the day after he walked through the nearby Wine plantation. Van Gogh mentioned his intention to paint the Red Vineyard in a letter dated October 2 1888...

The Red Vineyard van Gogh

15 months later The Red Vineyard was exhibited in the 1890 The XX Art Expo in Brussels. Anna Boch bought it for 400 Francs (about 1600 $ in today's values)...

The purchase made Anna Boch enter the history books as the Red Vineyard painting is believed to be the one and only painting Van Gogh sold during his lifetime...

In 1906 Anna Boch sold the Red Vineyard for 10,000 francs at the Galerie Bernheim, 25 Boulevard de la Madeleine in Paris. The reason for her sale was not the need of the money. (The money was reinvested in Signac paintings later donated to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels) but the fact that she was intimidated by the talent of van Gogh.

In fact she thought that Vincent van Gogh's paintings were so beautiful that she was blocked in her own creativity and capacity to paint...

If the "Red Vineyard" should ever be sold, (which is not likely to happen) it might be the world's most expensive painting as besides it's "Beauty" it has the "Legend" of being the only painting, Vincent van Gogh probably the world's most famous artist, sold during his lifetime.

World's most valuable painting, the Red Vineyard by van Gogh


Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Apr 12, 2011 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=527

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