Starry Night 1888
On this day, March 17, 1901, paintings by the late Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh were shown at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris.
The 71 paintings, which captured their subjects in bold brushstrokes and expressive colors, caused a sensation across the art world. Eleven years before, while living in Auvers-sur-Oise outside Paris, van Gogh had committed suicide without any notion that his work was destined to win acclaim beyond his wildest dreams.
In his lifetime, he had sold only one painting. One of his paintings–the Yasuda Sunflowers–sold for just under $40 million at a Christie’s auction in 1987. Read More