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van Gogh (1853-1890) usually signed his paintings with his first name "Vincent." He did not sign all of his works, only those he was ready to sell.
Instead of just signing in the lower corners of his canvases he would often sign in unusual places, such as on a flowerpot or on the side of a building. His signatures often pick up on colors in his compositions; especially warm reds or cool blue tones.
In some cases he also included the date or underlined his name. Despite some small variations, he wrote his name with relative consistency.
Signature is rarely sufficient for authenticating a painting, signatures must be checked, but results must be carefully placed in the correct context. A signature is only one element, and not a determining one, in the process of authentication.
"Sorrow. April. Executed 1882". Pencil and wash on paper. Signed 'Vincent' in lower left. Inscribed 'Sorrow' on lower right.
Paysanne au bassin dans un jardin. September-October 1885. Black crayon, pen, brush and black and sepia ink and pencil on paper, signed 'Vincent' on the lower right.
La maison de Vincent à Arles (La maison jaune) (recto); page of a letter from Vincent to his brother Theo (verso). Arles, September 1888Pen and ink on paper signed 'Vincent' on reverse.
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