Kerri Milani asks whether any of Van Gogh’s works were lost when the Titanic sank. Have a look at the answer.
It’s possible that works by Vincent have been lost during a marine disaster, but to be sure, we’d need to know what was on board the ship before it sank. Works held in private collections a long time ago can no longer be traced. Now that Van Gogh’s work is worth millions, all of its movements are meticulously registered. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that was certainly not the case.
We do know that various Van Gogh works have been lost, for example during World War I and II, and in fires. Old exhibition and auction catalogues as well as descriptions in Van Gogh’s letters suggest that there were once more works than there are now.