Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for visiting Vangoghgallery.com! There are many questions that have been frequently asked about Vincent van Gogh's life, artistic style, mental state, and impact. The answers below cover some of the more frequently asked questions.


I (my friend, mother, co-worker etc...) has an original Vincent van Gogh Painting that I (found in an attic, bought at a flea market etc...). Do you know how much it is worth, or how I can find out?

If it truly is an ORIGINAL Vincent van Gogh painting that you or someone else has found the price would be outlandishly high. It would be one of the greatest lost paintings ever found. However, chances are it is either a very old print, with or without faux brush strokes or a reproduction by another artist. A print (regardless of age) has little or no value. A reproduction (depending on who painted it, and its age) can have some value.

If you need help finding out if perhaps you do have an original painting, the best place to start is at one of the following places:

  • Art Gallery
  • Art Museum
  • Art Department of a University

Any of these three places can help you through the first step of uncovering the truth behind your painting.




I am writing a report on Van Gogh and would like to cite this website as a reference in my report. How do I cite this website?

Name of Site: The Van Gogh Gallery
       Date of Posting: 15 January 2013
       Name of Author/Organization Affiliated with the Site: Templeton Reid, LLC.
       Site Address: <http://www.vangoghgallery.com/>.

The following are some examples of how to cite the information found in this website as a resource. *The following examples use the MLA format for citing works. If you are unsure if this is the proper format for you to use, please consult your academic instructor.*

The Entire Website

The Van Gogh Gallery. 15 January 2013. Templeton Reid, LLC. Date you accessed the site <http://www.vangoghgallery.com/>.

A Page on this Website

“Artistic Influences.” The Van Gogh Gallery. 15 January 2013.
     <http://www.vangoghgallery.com/influences//>.

An Image on this Website

Van Gogh, Vincent. The Starry Night. 1889. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
     <The Van Gogh Gallery. “The Starry Night.” 15 January 2013
     <http://www.vangoghgallery.com/catalog/Painting/508/Starry-Night.html>.



Did Vincent van Gogh really cut off his whole ear?

Not exactly, in a fit of madness Van Gogh only cut off a portion of his left ear lobe. Not his entire ear as is thought by many.




How many paintings did Van Gogh sell during his lifetime?

Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime Red Vineyard at Arles. This painting now resides at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. The rest of Van Gogh's more than 900 paintings were not sold or made famous until after his death.




What is the correct pronunciation of Vincent van Gogh?

There are several different pronunciations of Vincent van Gogh depending upon the language. Listen to the pronunciation of Vincent van Gogh in different languages here:

Dutch - http://www.forvo.com/word/vincent_van_gogh/#nl

French - http://www.forvo.com/word/van_gogh/#fr

A good description of the pronunciation.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2010/01/how_to_say_van_gogh.shtml




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Still not satisfied? Check out our Van Gogh Fun Facts page to learn a few things about Vincent van Gogh that are not common knowledge.

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Enclosed Field with a Sower in the Rain Quay with Men Unloading Sand Barges Field with Factory View of Saintes-Maries with Cemetery
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