A painting that is believed to be one of the last few paintings that Vincent van Gogh painted will soon be put up for auction at Sotheby’s. “The Fields” was was painted on the 10th of July, 1890 and the artist died on the 29th of July.
Experts believe that Vincent was talking of “The Fields” when he wrote to his brother Theo, saying “They are vast fields of wheat under troubled skies, and I did not need to go out of my way to try to express sadness and extreme loneliness.. I almost think that these canvases will tell you what I cannot say in words, the health and restorative forces that I see in the country.”
The Van Gogh painting will go on display at Sotheby’s in London and Hong Kong, before being put up for auction in New York on the 7th of October. It is estimated to sell for about $34 million, but I think Sotheby’s is just trying to get more billionaires into the bidding room. Just like real estate agents giving you a really lowball estimate to get you to attend the auction (and hopefully bid).
My random figure pulled from the sky is $100 million for the painting.
A Sotheby’s spokeswoman said “As a unique work of art from the final days of the artist’s life, the price will most likely be driven by passion. This is perhaps the last opportunity for a collector to acquire a landscape of this quality by Vincent van Gogh.” Independent UK