The Red Vineyard (1888)

The Red Vineyard is believed to be the only work that was sold during Van Gogh’s lifetime. The Red Vineyard was exhibited for the first time at the annual exhibition of Les XX, 1890 in Brussels, and sold for 400 Francs (which is equal to about €800-850 or $1,000-1,050 today). It was bought by Anna Boch, an impressionist painter, member of Les XX and art mecene from Belgium. Anna Boch 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.