“The Red Vineyard at Arles” was the only painting sold during the lifetime of Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh, despite his extraordinary artistic talents. One of Van Gogh’s (1853 – 1890) works auctioned for an incredible $82.5 million in 1990, yet this piece sold for only $1,600, compounding the troubles that plagued him. Anna Boch, herself an impressionist painter and the sister of one of Van Gogh’s friends, bought the artwork. After an evening stroll past a vineyard, Van Gogh painted this piece entirely from memory. Disregarding established theories regarding contrasting colors, Van Gogh expertly dominated the painting with daringly bright red and yellow.
The brilliant artwork of post-Impressionist Dutch Master Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) powerfully impacted countless artistic movements. Producing all of his works within a decade, Van Gogh’s output in just one year totaled 150 paintings and drawings. Van Gogh painted outdoors with a special talent for capturing the subtleties of nighttime light and shadow. He suffered from lifelong bouts with mental illness yet created many of his masterpieces while institutionalized. Selling only one painting during his lifetime, Van Gogh has endured as one of the last century’s most influential artists.