Vincent van Gogh - L’Allée des Alyscamps. Les Alyscamps 1888

Vincent van Gogh - L’Allée des Alyscamps 1888

L’Allée des Alyscamps. Les Alyscamps 1888
92x73cm oil/canvas
Sold for: USD 66.3 million
Auction house: Sotheby's, New York
Sale date: 5 May 2015
Seller: Anonymous owner
Buyer: Anonymous buyer

From Sotheby's:
The scene depicted here is the central thoroughfare of the Alyscamps, one of the most famous Roman burial grounds in all of Europe. During the prime of Caesar's reign Arles was an important imperial outpost, boasting a stately amphitheater modeled after the Colosseum. Alyscamps was central to city life, as it served as the great necropolis for the nobility of the empire and would later be a coveted Christian burial ground throughout Middle Ages. Over the centuries Alyscamps was pillaged by the locals for building materials, souvenirs and museum displays, and the shaded ruins became an ideal setting for lovers' rendez-vous. Much romanticized by 19th century Romantic writers, Alyscamps was well-known to artists during Van Gogh's time, and his choice to paint here would have been a foregone conclusion for any artist spending time in Arles.