Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853 - July 29, 1890) is generally considered one of the greatest Dutch painters after Rembrandt, though he had little success during his lifetime. Van Gogh produced all of his work (some 900 paintings and 1100 drawings) during a period of only 10 years before he succumbed to mental illness (possibly bipolar disorder) and committed suicide. His fame grew rapidly after his death especially following a showing of 71 of van Gogh's paintings in Paris on March 17, 1901 (11 years after his death). Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime, The Red Vineyard, which was created in 1888. It is now on display in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia.

During his lifetime, Van Gogh's work was represented in two very small exhibitions and two larger ones. The great majority of the works by which he is remembered were produced in 29 months of frenzied activity and intermittent bouts with epileptoid seizures and profound despair that finally ended in suicide.

Le Pont de Trinquetaille in Arles (south of France) painted in 1888 was bought by a private collector in 1987 in London for £ 12.6 million ($20.2 million).

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