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Most Famous Van Gogh Paintings

- By Shalini K, 24 June 2021 | 6 MIN READ


Vincent Van Gogh who couldn’t sell more then 1 painting during his lifetime became one of the most celebrated painters in the 20th century. During his lifetime, Van Gogh’s artworks were considered trash. After his death Van Gogh is considered as one of the greatest post-impressionist artists influencing many modern artists. Van Gogh’s paintings are sold for record millions of dollars. 

Van Gogh's artistic career lasted for just 10 yrs. Within this short period Van Gogh produced thousands of paintings and drawings which most of the artists failed to produce in their lifetime.Throughout his lifetime Vincent could only sell one painting that's the irony of this great artist's life story. Vincent Vangogh is considered as one of the greatest post-impressionists of all time. Today Van Gogh’s paintings are worth millions of dollars. But during his period Van Gogh's paintings were panned for their bold, bright colors and vigorous strokes. 

Vincent was continuously encouraged by his brother Theo, who strongly believed in Van Gogh’s artistic skills and creative abilities. Theo also supported Vincent financially so that he could paint and produce hundreds of works. Sadly Vincent couldn't see any success during his period.

Lets see some of the most famous and celebrated paintings of Vincent Van Gogh.

Wheatfields With Crows, 1890
“They are endless wheatfields under a cloudy sky, and I have not hesitated to attempt to express sadness and the deepest loneliness” Vincent van Gogh Quote Vincent painted different versions of wheat fields. This one is considered as his most dramatic art work for the way he portrayed the turbulent skies and the crows.

Wheatfields with crows painting by Vincent Van Gogh

Starry Night 1889
It's more likely that you might have seen this painting on the internet or post cards or puzzles etc. Starry Night is one of the most famous and well recognized paintings of Van Gogh. Ironically Vincent painted this masterpiece while he was in a mental asylum located in Saint-Remy-de-provence, southern France. 

It is said that Vincent had a serious mental breakdown and was very depressed and suicidal. The dark colors might be the expression of his melancholy and swirls in the sky represent his emotional turbulence. 

Starry Night painting by Van Gogh

Irises, 1889
Vincent painted many flowers from the hospital garden while staying in an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Van Gogh painted many works during this period, the iris is one among them. 

In 1987 i.e nearly 100 years later, Irises became the most expensive painting ever sold by Sotheby for an incredible $53.9 million dollars. Irises remains as one of the most renowned work of Vincent Van Gogh

Irises painting by Vincent Van Gogh

The Bedroom, 1888
Three versions of the bedroom have been painted by  Van Gogh. This painting depicts Van Gogh’s bedroom in Yellow House, in Arles. The three versions of the paintings are easily distinguishable from one another by the portraits on the wall to the right side in the paintings.

Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo explaining about the paintings. "This time it simply reproduces my bedroom; but colour must be abundant in this part, its simplification adding a rank of grandee to the style applied to the objects, getting to suggest a certain rest or dream. Well, I have thought that on watching the composition we stop thinking and imagining. I have painted the walls pale violet.” 

The bedroom painting by Vincent Van Gogh

Cafe Terrace at Night, 1888
One of the most reproduced artwork in the world is Cafe Terrace at Night. It is one of the unsigned paintings of van Gogh which was made during his stay in Arles.  The cafe still exists today and is renamed as the Cafe Van Gogh. The cafe has become a major tourist spot for Van Gogh’s fans. It is one of the most recognised art works rivalled with Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers and Starry Night paintings. 

Cafe Terrace painting by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh painted the artwork live by setting up his easel outdoors in the evenings. His style was not realistic; rather Van Gogh poured his emotions into the painting with the way he used the colors and brush strokes. The remarkable aspect of the painting is the use of colors to create sharp contrast between, yellows, greens, orange colors under the deep blue of the starry sky and the dark blues of the houses in the background. 

Even after a century Vincent Van Gogh remains as one of the most influential artists of the world. His works get sold for record breaking prices at various auctions around the world. Van Gogh’s works have had a powerful influence on modern artists and artwork. Van Gogh's appeal to the art world is endearing and never ending.


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