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Series M, Episode 15: Mix and Match

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1178566.  Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:40 am Reply with quote

Vincent van Gogh

Just wanted to correct something that Stephen said about van Gogh in this episode. Stephen said that van Gogh was very good at selling paintings. This is contradicted by the van Gogh biography by Stephen Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. According to them van Gogh's time working for Goupil & Cie in The Hague was not very successful - he was too eccentric to deal with customers appropriately and often persuaded potential buyers not to purchase a painting if he didn't like it, telling them exactly what he thought was wrong with it. He was transferred to London to work in the business's mail order department where he wouldn't have to deal with customers in person but even that didn't work out because he couldn't get on with the rest of the staff and so he had to leave the business entirely. It would be interesting to find out exactly which version of van Gogh's career at Goupil (successful or not so successful) is right.


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