Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter whose work, notable for its beauty, emotion and color, highly influenced 20th century art. He struggled with mental illness, and remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life.
He had no formal training in art and many of his pieces have been destroyed or lost. Van Gogh’s own mother threw away crates full of his art. On March 17, 1901, 71 of van Gogh’s paintings were displayed at a show in Paris, and his fame subsequently grew enormously.
Today, Vincent van Gogh is considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt. He completed more than 2,100 works, consisting of 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings and sketches. Several of his paintings rank among the most expensive in the world; “Irises” sold for a record $53.9 million, and his “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” sold for $82.5 million.
Andy Warhol’s iconic painting of a retro Coca Cola bottle recently sold for 57.2 million dollars. It is basically a painting of a bottle, but it is ranked among the most expensive paintings ever sold.
Onement VI” from abstract expressionist painter Barnett Newman sold on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at a Sotheby’s auction for a record-setting 43.8 million dollars. It is essentially a blue canvas with a white line down the middle. It is one of the most expensive pieces of art ever sold.
What makes art such as this worth so much? Critics and experts in the industry have a lot of say in that department.
The global art and antique market has boomed to over €51.22bn in value for the first time in history, making it an exciting time to get involved in the art market action if you aren’t already. Moreover, the value the art market reached in 2014 finally surpassed the pre-recession value of €48.07bn in 2007 and will continue to thrive as art investments and sales become more easily accessible. The boom in art has created what many have called an art bubble.