Great Grandson of Alexander Reid, Van Gogh Subject, Visits the Collection

Sometimes the coolest people come by for a visit. This is David Reid, the great grandson of Alexander Reid, who is the subject of our much-loved Van Gogh painting (on the left). Mr. Reid and his wife were road tripping from Canada and stopped by just to see this famous work!

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Alexander Reid was a Scottish art dealer and friend of Vincent van Gogh. This portrait was painted in the Paris apartment that Vincent and Theo van Gogh shared in 1886 and 1887, and is the only surviving record of that apartment.

Two of the three paintings in the background of the work have been identified as landscapes by Frank Myers Boggs, and American artist who lived in France. The central painting in the background is one of Van Gogh’s portraits of peasant women.

Reid’s features are curiously similar to Van Gogh’s own, as is also revealed in another portrait of Reid by Van Gogh, now in Glasgow.

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