About the Author
Although his works fetch record-breaking prices at modern
auctions, Vincent van Gogh (1853–90) sold only a single painting
in his lifetime. The artist labored in obscurity, creating
hundreds of paintings and more than 1,000 drawings in the 10-year
period before his suicide. His posthumous fame grew quickly, and
his influence on Expressionism, Fauvism, and other branches of
modern art is beyond calculation.