The paintings produced by Vincent Van Gogh are some of the most expensive ever to have been auctioned. Whilst he famously only sold one of his own works whilst alive, making a comparatively insignificant profit, today his paintings are valued at hundreds of millions of pounds and sale figures often far outstrip their anticipated prices.
His work retains its popularity amongst the public, despite the astronomical price tags. One painting by Van Gogh could have the same retail value as more than one hundred million printed postcards of the same image. Museums and galleries with exhibitions focussing on his work draw vast crowds every year.
In fact, his paintings continue to sell, with an auction in New York in early November 2014 offering ‘Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies’ at a guide price of up to $50 million. It’s no wonder that Van Gogh’s works appear on the lists of most expensive auctioned artworks of all time .
Most Famous Paintings
Some of Van Gogh’s images are better known than others, with many companies such as wallspace.co.uk using his stock images as the base for their frame and display pieces due to their wide-reaching popularity. Trade photo frames can make use of his images to appeal to a wide number of people, because his images are timeless and inimitable.
- The Starry Night
Painting in 1889 and currently on display in New York, ‘The Starry Night’ is perhaps Van Gogh’s most famous image. Appearing today on everything from postcards to cakes, this moody sky scene encapsulates everything we recognise as his signature style.
A number of sunflower paintings were produced during Van Gogh’s career, with varying numbers of blossoms contained in each one. 1888 saw him produce ‘Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers’, 1889 saw the creation of ‘Vase with Twelve Sunflowers’, but all of them showcase vivid colours and bold energy that make them popular for display in even the most contemporary of modern homes today.
- Blossoming Almond Tree
Few people recognise the title of this painting, but when it is seen the image is almost immediately identifiable. These paintings also formed a kind of series, with multiple versions created between 1888 and 1890. Van Gogh had special fondness for blossoming trees, using them as representations of hope and awakening. Symbolically, he seemed drawn to trees which blossomed into flower for only a short period of time before fading into a resting state once more.
Another incredibly iconic image created by the artist, ‘Irises’ was painted in 1889, the year before his death, during his time living in an asylum. According to documentary evidence about the painting, it was created before his first major episode of illness in the asylum, with the image lacking the tension seen in other pictures painted during his more troubled times.
- The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night
This was one of the first images showcasing his interest in painting night scenes and starry skies. Fans of this image are able to actually stand in the place where Van Gogh would have rested his easel to create this image in 1888.