Vincent van Gogh’s paintings were not in demand when he was alive. He probably only sold one: The Red Vineyard. Van Gogh also exchanged his paintings with art works from Gauguin and Bernard.

Van Gogh also traded his paintings for food or painting supplies. Or he gave them away, like the The White Cottage Among the Olive Trees to his good friend in Arles, postman Joseph Roulin.

Today 132 years ago, on 4 January 1890,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence:

"Yesterday I sent 2 canvases to Marseille, i.e. I made a present of them to my friend Roulin, a white farmhouse among the olive trees and a wheatfield with a background of lilac mountains and a dark tree, as in the large canvas I sent you.”

The White Cottage Among the Olive Trees
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, 1889
Oil on canvas
70 x 60 cm
Private collection

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