The Red Vineyard

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Red Vineyards near Arles
La Vigne rouge
Artist Vincent van Gogh
Year 1888
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 75 cm × 93 cm (29.5 in × 36.6 in)
Location Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

The Red Vineyards near Arles is an oil painting by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, executed on a privately primed Toile de 30 piece of burlap in early November 1888. Though commonly believed to be the only van Gogh painting ever sold in his lifetime, this was proven false when a letter from Theo van Gogh was discovered, writing to the London art dealers Sulley & Lori, claiming to have sold them "a landscape by Camille Corot...a self portrait by V. van Gogh" [1]. The painting has been listed among his major works.[2]

Provenance[edit]

The Red Vineyard was exhibited for the first time at the annual exhibition of Les XX, 1890 in Brussels, and sold for 400 Francs (equal to about $1,000-1,050 today) to Anna Boch,[3] an impressionist painter, member of Les XX and art collector from Belgium;[4][5] Anna was the sister of Eugène Boch, another impressionist painter and a friend of Van Gogh, too, who had painted Boch's portrait (Le Peintre aux Étoiles) in Arles, in autumn 1888.

Like The Night Café, it was acquired by the famous Russian collector Sergei Shchukin,[6] was then nationalised by the Bolsheviks with the rest of his collection, which eventually passed to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1998-10-25/features/1998298006_1_gogh-red-vineyard-painting
  2. ^ DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Russia. Penguin. 2016. ISBN 1465462635. [...] but the real masterpieces are upstairs. On the second floor are paintings by Vincent van Gogh, including The Red Vineyard at Arles (1888) and Prisoners Exercising (1890) [...] 
  3. ^ Anna Boch.com, impressionist painter and Art Collector
  4. ^ Hulsker (1980), 356
  5. ^ Pickvance (1984), 168–169;206
  6. ^ History of the Red Vineyard painting by Anna Boch.com

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