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 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 is believed to be the only painting van Gogh sold during his lifetime.

It has been listed among the artist's major works.[1]


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 Anna Boch,[2] an impressionist painter, member of Les XX and art collector from Belgium;[3][4] 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.

It was acquired by the famous Russian collector Sergei Shchukin,[5] but was later nationalised by the Bolsheviks with the rest of his collection, which eventually passed to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, where it resides today.


  1. ^ 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) [...]
  2. ^ "Anna Impressionist, patron of many artists". Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  3. ^ Hulsker (1980), 356
  4. ^ Pickvance (1984), 168–169;206
  5. ^ "The Red Vineyard by Vincent van Gogh - World's most valuable painting". Retrieved 2018-03-06.


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