Monday, September 9, 2013

New van Gogh Discovered

(Van Gogh Selfportrait 1888/Wikimedia)
A new van Gogh painting has been discovered. The director of the van Gogh Museum Axel Rüger said

“A discovery of this magnitude has never before occurred in the history of the Van Gogh Museum. It is already a rarity that a new painting can be added to Van Gogh’s oeuvre. But what makes this even more exceptional is that this is a transition work in his oeuvre, and moreover, a 
large painting from a period that is considered by many to be the culmination of his artistic achievement, his period in Arles in the south of France. During this time he also painted world-famous works, such as Sunflowers, The yellow house and The bedroom. The attribution to Van Gogh is based on extensive research into style, technique, paint, canvas, the depiction, Van Gogh’s letters and the provenance.”
The New York Times reports :

"For roughly a century, the painting “Sunset at Montmajour” was considered a fake or a copy of a van Gogh, stored unceremoniously in an attic and then held in a private collection, unknown to the public and ignored by art historians. But on Monday, the Van Gogh Museum declared the work a genuine product of the master, calling it a major discovery............

NYT Article: A van Gogh's Trip from Attic to Museum

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