Before the vividness of France came the simplicity of Holland

May 14, 2014

Before the vividness of France came the simplicity of Holland

by C.B. Liddell

It must be something of a Faustian bargain buying a Post-Impressionist painting for a record-breaking price. In 1987, Yasuo Goto, president of Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Co., bought Van Gogh’s “Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers” (1888) for $39 million. Perhaps due to that daring ...