The first Van Gogh painting auctioned in France for more than 20 years was sold for $8,3m in Paris to an American collector.
"It's fetched such a high price because there are hardly any Van Goghs on the market. You can only find them in private collections or museums," said the auctioneer, Francis Briest. Van Gogh painted the work in 1882, when he was 29 years old, during a formative period spent living near The Hague. Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes depicts peasant women working on the land in the Netherlands. The painting was the only landscape work Van Gogh produced at the time.
Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes
Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings.They are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. Van Gogh suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions and spent time in psychiatric hospitals. He became famous after his suicide. The Van Gogh Museum opened in the Museumplein in Amsterdam in 1973 and became the second most popular museum in the Netherlands and became the second most popular museum in the Netherlands.