7 facts about Vincent Van Gogh - the artist who sold only one painting during his life.

7 facts about Vincent Van Gogh - the artist who sold only one painting during his life.
Vincent Van Gogh. Self-portrait.


In december 23, 1888 , post impressionism Vincent Van Gogh ,now a world-renowned artist ,lost his ear. There are several versions of what happened, however, all life of Van Gogh was full of absurd and very strange facts.


Van Gogh wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father - to become a preacher.


Van Gogh wanted to become like his father, a priest. He even finished training school which was mandatory for admission to the evangelical missionary . He spent about a year in the province among the miners.

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Vincent Van Gogh (1873 photo).


But it turned out that the rules of admission to higher education have changed, and Dutch citizens have to pay tuition fees. Missionary Van Gogh was offended and then decided to leave the religion and become an artist. However, his choice was not accidental. At the time , Uncle Vincent was a partner of the largest art dealership "Goupil."


Van Gogh began to paint only at 27 years


Van Gogh began to paint at a mature age, when he was 27 years old. Contrary to popular belief, he was not the sort of "brilliant dilettante," as conductor Pirosmani or customs officer Rousseau. By that time, Vincent Van Gogh was an experienced art dealer and first was enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, and later at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts. Saying true, he studied there for only three months, until he went to Paris, where occurred his familiarity with the Impressionists, including Claude Monet.

Van Gogh. The Potato Eaters.
One of the first paintings by Van Gogh. The Potato Eaters. (1885)

Van Gogh began with a "peasant" paintings like "The Potato Eaters". But his brother Theo, who knew a lot about the art and supported Vincent financially throughout his life, was able to convince him that "light painting" created for success, and the audience will appreciate it.



The palette of Vincent Van Gogh has a medical explanation


The abundance of yellow spots of different shades in the paintings of the artist, according to scientists, has a medical explanation. There is a version that this vision of the world is caused by a large number of drugs for epilepsy, consumed by him. Bouts of the disease has appeared in the last years due to hard work and abuse of absinthe.

Sunflowers. Van Gogh.
Sunflowers. Van Gogh.



The most expensive painting by Van Gogh was in the collection of Goering.


More than 10 years painting of Vincent Van Gogh, "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" held the title of most expensive paintings in the world.Japanese businessman Rioey Saito, owner of a large paper company, bought the painting at "Christie" auction for $ 82 million in 1990 . The owner of the painting stated in his will that the painting after his death should be cremated with him. In 1996 Rioey Saito died. It is known that the picture was not burned, but exactly where the painting is now - is unknown. It is believed that the artist painted two versions of the painting.

Portrait of Dr. Gachet. Vincent Van Gogh.Painting.Canvas
Portrait of Dr. Gachet. Vincent Van Gogh.


However, this is a one fact of history of "Portrait of Dr. Gachet." It is known that after the exhibition "Degenerate Art" in Munich in 1938, this painting was acquired by Nazi Goering for his collection . However, he sold it soon to some Dutch collector, and later the picture was in the United States, where it was until it was purchased by Saito.



Van Gogh - one of the abducted artists.


In December 2013 the FBI released the top 10 high-profile thefts of brilliant works of art for the purpose of the public assistance in solving crimes.
The most valuable in this list are two paintings by Van Gogh - "View of the Sea at Shevingene" and "The Church in Nyunene", estimated at $ 30 million each. Both paintings were stolen in 2002 from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It is known that as suspects in the theft were arrested two men, but to prove their guilt was not possible.

Stolen paintings by Van Gogh.Not found

Stolen paintings by Van Gogh - The Church in New Nene and sea view in Shevingen.



In 2013,from the museum Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil in Egypt was stolen painting by Vincent Van Gogh "Poppies" ,because of the negligence of leadership . Experts estimated the painting as $ 50 million. So far, return of the picture is failed.

Van Gogh - Poppies painting stolen in Egypt.famous artwork
Poppies painting stolen in Egypt.



Gauguin could cut the ear of Van Gogh


The story of the ear of many biographers of Vincent Van Gogh in doubt. The fact is that, if the artist cut off his ear at the root, then he would have died from blood loss. The ear was cut off not so global but only earlobe. There is a record about it in the remaining medical certificate.

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Self-portrait with his ear cut off. Vincent Van Gogh.


There is a version that the incident with his ear cut off occurred during an argument of Van Gogh and Gauguin. Gauguin, the experienced in the fightings among sailors , slashed ear of Van Gogh, and from that stress Van Gogh had a fit. Later, trying to rehabilitate himself, Gauguin came up with a story about how Van Gogh chased him in a fit of madness with a razor and injured himself.



Unknown paintings of Van Gogh are discovered even today.


In the autumn of this year, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has identified a new picture, painted by the great master. The painting "Sunset at Montmajour," as the researchers said, was written by Van Gogh in 1888. Exceptional discovery makes the fact that the painting belongs to the period that critics considered the top artist. The discovery was able to do, using techniques such as comparison of style, color, art, computer analysis of the canvas, and the study of X-ray photographs of letters of Van Gogh.

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Sunset at Montmajour. Van Gogh. (1888).

The painting "Sunset at Montmajour" currently is displayed at the museum of the artist in Amsterdam in the exhibition "Van Gogh at work."


Translation ,credit Kulturologia

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