Why Did Van Gogh Fail To Sell His Work?

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Van Gogh is represented as a struggling artist ahead of his time, unable to sell his work. But maybe his low sales were actually because he thought of himself too highly too early. His first major sale was The Red Vineyard, which sold for 400 francs (today about £500)—a hefty sum for an up-and-coming artist. It was arranged by his art dealer brother, Theo, who wanted to boost Vincent’s ego. But Vincent thought he sold it for too little, even though he didn’t have the clout to back it up. Read full article here

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