The Red Vineyard may be the only painting Vincent van Gogh ever sold. Anna Boch bought it in 1890 for 400 francs. In 1909 it was sold to Ivan Morozov, a Russian businessman and member of the rich Morozv dynasty.

Morozov's art collection was nationalized after the Bolshevik Revolution and a part of it went to the Pushkin Museum in Moscow where the The Red Vineyard still resides.

Today 133 years ago, between 8 July and 12 July 1889,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to his mother from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence:

"But what are beautiful in the south are the vineyards, where they’re on the flat land or the hillsides. I’ve seen it, and come to that sent Theo a painting of it, where a vineyard is all purple, crimson and yellow and green and violet like the Virginia creeper in Holland. I like to see a vineyard as much as a wheatfield.”

The Red Vineyard
Arles, 1888
Oil on canvas
75 x 93 cm
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

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