“New” Van Gogh Painting Identified

At the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam “Sunset at Montmajour” has been authenticated as a Vincent van Gogh original. It was painted in Arles in 1988 during the most important period of the artist’s life when he also painted “The Sunflowers,” “The Yellow House,” and “The Bedroom.” It is a painting of dusk in Montmajour with the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey situated in the background. The Van Gogh Museum said that a major discovery of a painting of this size last occurred in 1928. An estimate of the paintings worth puts in in the tens of millons of dollars.

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Until 1901, “Sunset at Montmajour” was held in the family collection of Vincent’s brother, Theo. Theo’s wife sold it to a Paris art dealer who then sold it to a Norwegian dealer in 1908. The Norwegian dealer deemed it a fake primarily because van Gogh is considered a modern painter and this piece is a traditional 19th century landscape painting. The current owners eventually plucked the painting from the Norwegian dealer’s attic. Two years ago, they brought it to the Van Gogh museum where it has been studied ever since. The experts deemed it an original because the pigments match those used by van Gogh in Arles.

In the midst of conflict in strife in Syria, it’s nice to hear about something as extraordinary as a van Gogh original coming out of the woodwork. It’s nice to hear about something other than chemical weapons in the news. I’m sure that the art world and lovers of van Gogh are having an extremely exciting day.

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6 thoughts on ““New” Van Gogh Painting Identified

  1. I love this! His work is inspiring and very beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us. I love the background on this piece as well as Van Gogh himself.

  2. I am always interested in hearing about long-lost paintings like this one by Van Gogh. I would enjoy hearing more about the authentication process itself, because I think it is a topic that isn’t written often. The process is usually only briefly mentioned in stories such as this, and your article has made me curious!

  3. Vincent Van Gogh is such an interesting painter! I really admire his style of painting and I am a fan of his painting Starry Night. He is also kinda crazy, I mean he did chop his ear off. But I am so glad there has been a new painting authenticated.

  4. So cool! Being a crazy artist, I can totally appreciate this! I think it’s really cool to think about how far that painting has come and by such a famous man! Thanks for sharing the info, ’cause it probably would have taken me forever to find out about this.

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