Early landscape painting by Vincent Van Gogh sells for £6.2 MILLION

Early landscape painting by Vincent Van Gogh of women peasants working on the land sells for £6.2 MILLION in Paris

  • ‘Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes’ fetches £2 million above estimation
  • Rare piece is the only landscape produced by Van Gogh during formative period 
  • Fee paid is a fraction of the revered artist’s most expensive work

An early landscape by Vincent Van Gogh, one of the art world’s most sought-after painters, sold for €7.07 million ($8.27 million) at an auction in Paris on Monday.

Painted in 1882, ‘Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes’ depicts peasant women working on the land under a cloudy sky, inspired by the countryside around The Hague. 

Van Gogh was aged 29 at the time passing through a short but formative period.

Van Gogh was inspired by The Hague where he was living nearby at the time

The painting is the first Van Gogh to be auctioned in France for more than 20 years.

‘Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes’ had been valued at €3 million to €5 million.

It was purchased by a buyer based in North America.

‘Portrait of Dr Gachet’, the medic who took care of Van Gogh late in life

On average only two or three works by the Dutch impressionist appear on the international market each year.

While hardly cheap, the price comes nowhere near the record $450.3 million paid last November for ‘Salvator Mundi’, Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th century portrait of Christ, which is due to go on display in a new branch of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi.

Van Gogh’s most expensive work is ‘Portrait of Dr Gachet’, sold for $82.5m in 1990. 

It was a world record fee for a painting at the time, but has been topped by several others since. 

The world’s most expensive paintings*

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

1. ‘Salvator Mundi’ by Leonardo da Vinci — $450.3m

 2. ‘Interchange’ by Willem de Kooning — $300m

3. ‘The Card Players’ by Paul Cézanne — $250m

4. ‘Nafea Fan Ipoipo (When Will You Marry)’ by Paul Gauguin —$210m

5. ‘Number 17A’ by Jackson Pollock — $200m

6. ‘No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red)’ by Mark Rothko — $186m

7. ‘Portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit’ by Rembrandt — $180m

8. ‘Les Femmes d’Algers (‘Version O’)’ by Pablo Picasso — $179.4m

9. ‘Nu Couché’ by Amedeo Modigliani — $170.4m 

10. ‘Masterpiece’ by Roy Lichtenstein — $165m

*as of Nov 2017


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