How many paintings did Vincent Van Gogh sell during his lifetime?
The one painting Vincent van Gogh sold during his lifetime was Red Vineyard at Arles (The Vigne Rouge), which is now in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. It was exhibited in Brussels in 1890 at the annual exhibition of Les XX, and sold for 400 francs1.
It was bought by the Belgian artist and art collector Anna Boch. Vincent was a friend of her brother, Eugène Boch, and a portrait he painted of him is now in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris).
It's a striking landscape painting, dominated by red and yellow, with a composition that leads the eye into the distance towards the setting sun. In a letter to his brother Theo written in Arles around the 6th of November 1888, Vincent describes the scene he subsequently painted: "... we saw a red vineyard, all red like red wine. In the distance it turned to yellow, and then a green sky with the sun, the earth after the rain violet, sparkling yellow here and there where it caught the reflection of the setting sun."