The history of painting has had a chronological and stylistic development largely parallel to the rest of the plastic arts, although with different peculiarities in time and space due to numerous factors, from the derivatives of the various techniques and materials used in its confection up to socio - cultural and aesthetic factors, since each town and each culture has developed different concepts over time to capture the image it receives from the surrounding world. The following is a list of the highest prices paid for a painting.
It is now one of the most expensive paintings in history. The "Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)" of the Italian Amedeo Modigliani, painted in 1917, was auctioned Monday, by the company Sotheby's, 157.2 million dollars (about 130 million euros). The sale, which had a guarantee of an amount that Sotheby's refused to disclose, started at $125 million (about 105 million euros). It was only a handful of raises, all by collectors who participated in the event over the phone, to end at 139 million dollars (about 117 million euros) with a final price of 157.2 million including fees and commissions included.
Wheatfield with cypresses is a painting by Vincent van Gogh. There are three versions of the painting, all three painted in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in 1889, during the period that Van Gogh stayed there in the psychiatric hospital of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. One of the three is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a second in the National Gallery in London. The third has a smaller size and is privately owned. Moreover, there is a drawing made with a reed pen. This is located in the Van Gogh Museumin Amsterdam.