The Red Vineyard

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Red Vineyards near Arles
La Vigne rouge
ArtistVincent van Gogh
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions75 cm × 93 cm (29.5 in × 36.6 in)
LocationPushkin State 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. It depicts workers in a vineyard, and it is the only painting known by name that van Gogh sold in his lifetime.[1][2]

It has been listed among the artist's major works.[3]


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 $2,000 today) to Belgian painter and collector Anna Boch, a member of Les XX.[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. In a later letter to his brother Theo discussing the sale, Van Gogh admitted with some embarrassment that the Bochs paid the Les XX 1890 Exhibition sticker price, when in fact they probably should have gotten a "friend's price".[6]

The painting was later purchased, in 1909, from a Paris art gallery by Ivan Morozov. After the Russian Revolution, the painting was subsequently nationalised by the Bolsheviks and was eventually passed to Moscow‘s Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, where it resides today.[7]

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  1. ^ "The van Gogh legend - a different picture The story that the artist sold just one painting in his lifetime endures. In fact, he sold at least two". Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  2. ^ "The Lore: Van Gogh Sold Only One Painting During His Life". Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  3. ^ DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Russia. Penguin. 2016. ISBN 978-1465462633. [...] 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) [...]
  4. ^ Hulsker (1980), 356
  5. ^ Pickvance (1984), 168–169;206
  6. ^ Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh. Auvers-sur-Oise, Tuesday, 24 June 1890. Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b692V/1962
  7. ^ France. Second half of 19th - 20th century. Painting collection (State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts ed.). Moscow: Red Square Publishers. 2005. p. 55-57.


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