1888 - A Letter from Vincent van Gogh to uncle Eugene
1889 - Vincent van Gogh is invited by Octave Maus
6 The Red Vineyard (Montmajour)
7 (All these canvases are no. 30 canvases.)
I am perhaps exceeding the 4 metres of room
but as I believe that the 6 together, thus chosen,
will make a rather varied colour effect, perhaps you will find a way of placing them.
Please accept the expression of my entire fellow-feeling for the Vingtistes.
Vincent van Gogh
read the full letter
The presence of van Goghs paintings cause some turbulences.
There is a discussion wheather art should be considered what is "officiel or academic"
while "modern" paintings
did not correspond to the taste of the time of most people.
The journal "l'Art moderne" edited by Octave Maus
presents van Gogh as one of the artists who will be most discussed.
Henry de Groux who was also part of the XX mouvements
creates a scandal and wants the van Gogh paintings
to be withdrawn.
According to the legend Claude Monet
considered van Gogh's paintings the best one on the expo.
1890 January 18 opening of the expo Les XX
1890 February 23 closing of the expo Les XX
To show her public support
Anna Boch decides to buy the Red Vineyard.
The price was 400 Francs (about 2000 $ in todays values).
Prices of van Gogh paintings
sold at Auctions
Different reasons might have been at the origine of the purchase:
She must have liked the beauty of the painting.
She wanted to show public support to Van Gogh,
as his arrival at the Expo was very criticized.
She wanted to financially support him as she knew the artist was very poor
Last not least she might have wanted to please her
younger brother Eugene
who was a friend,
more likely a secret boyfriend of Vincent van Gogh.
The purchase made Anna Boch
enter the history books
as the Red Vinyard painting
is believed to be
the one and only painting
Van Gogh sold during his lifetime.
It is possible that van Gogh sold other paintings,
but according to Dr Therèse Thomas
the Red Vineyard was the only "official" sale
which got recorded
and which was noticed by the Art World.
Anna Boch owned 2 van Gogh paintings,
.... her brother Eugene several.
1890 to 1906 - The Red Vineyard at the Villa Anna in Brussels
1906 - Sale of the Red Vineyard at the Galerie Bernheim Jeune
1906 to 1941 - The Red Vineyard at the Trubetzkoy Palace in Moscow
since 1948 - The Red Vineyard at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow
The World's most valuable paintings
2015 - Thanks to the Red Vineyard
Has Vincent van Gogh ever been to the Cremerie de Paris ?
A year later - summer 2016
History of some van Gogh Paintings
Van Gogh painting given as a present