Frequently Asked Questions
Here we will tell the answers to some questions you might have. All the questions will help you learn more about Van Gogh and his life.
What was the most expensive Van Gogh painting sold?
Dr. Gatchet was the most expensive Van Gogh painting sold in auction. Dr. Gatchet sold for 82.5 million dollars!
Are all the paintings of Van Gogh self-portraits?
No, some other artists painted pictures of Van Gogh. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Emile Bernard, Francis Bacon, and many other artists all painted pictures of Van Gogh. Paul Gauguin even painted one.
Was it only epilepsy that made Van Gogh crazy?
No, Van Gogh lived in Arles. Arles had extremely strong wind speeds, and many people got heat stroke because of the sun's rays. Van Gogh kept getting heat stroke. It wasnt abnormal to go crazy in Arles. He was also addicted to absinthe, a very popular but dangerous drink.
When did Theo die and how?
Theo died 6 months after Vincent. He died from a rare kidney infection. He was buried right next to Vincent in a new cemetary on the edge of a wheat field. Vincent finished a painting called Crows Over a Wheatfield just before his death.
Did Van Gogh kill anything just to paint it?
Yes, he killed a moth to paint it. It was a very detailed painting.
Were any of Van Gogh's paintings stolen?
Yes, most recently, two paintings were stolen in Italy on July 5,1998. They were Madame Ginoux and a Portrait of a Young Peasant (also known as The Gardner).
Why did Van Gogh start painting with bright colors instead of continuing to use dark colors?
When he saw Japanese paintings, he thought the bright colors looked pretty, so he started using colorful paints.
What was Van Goghs first painting?
His first painting was a dark and sad painting of poor people.
How old was Van Gogh when he committed suicide?
Van Gogh was only 37 years old.