"I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it"
Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Groot Zundert, in the south of Holland.
Son of a very strict Protestant pastor, after leaving school at the age of 16, he began working at Goupiel et Cie, an art house where his uncle was a partner. It is undoubtedly during this this occasion that Vincent came into contact with the commercial part of the art world, engaged in the organization of Exhibitions and sales of works.
During the years spent with Goupiel et Cie, Vincent frequently went to London and Paris, and came into contact with contemporary art, particularly impressed by the work of Jean-François Millet and other painters from the Barbizon School.
At the age of 27, Vincent realized his artistic vocation and started painting, inspired by Impressionism and Post-Impressionism and - in particular - by artists like Monet, Pissarro, Bernard and Gauguin.
Vincent Van Gogh's personality was multifaceted and articulated. Thanks to regular correspondence, he always kept a line of communication with a good number of his colleagues and with his younger brother Theo. The letters found show the good relationship between the brothers and give a surprising insight into Van Gogh's personal and artistic journey. After an incredible series of ups and downs, both physical, emotional and mental, Van Gogh died in the early hours of dawn on July 29, 1890, shooting himself in a wheat field near Auverse.
The funeral took place the next day and his coffin was covered with dozens of sunflowers, a symbol of the flowers of his artistic production.
Although he has been an active painter for only ten years, as a self-taught artist, Van Gogh produced more than 2,000 works, including approximately 930 paintings and 1100 drawings and sketches. Despite this considerable amount of work, The Red Vineyard is the only painting that Vincent saw sold during his lifetime. It was sold to a collector who bought it in 1890 for 400 francs, the equivalent of 1900 dollars today.
Today Van Gogh is considered the pioneer of contemporary art, father of Expressionism and emblem of the tormented artist, his works are valued millions of dollars: The Portrait of Dr. Gachet recorded one of the highest amounts ever paid for a painting: 82.5 millions of dollars.