Vincent Van Gogh original painting. The painting is believed to have been painted in 1888, shortly before van Gogh's death. and depicts a wooded area near Arles in the south of France. A large canvas measuring about 3 feet by 2½ feet, the painting was done during the same time period as many of Van Gogh's most famous paintings including his "Sunflowers" "The Yellow House" and ‘The Bedroom,"
The Van Gogh Museum is ecstatic over being able to unveil the painting. "A discovery of this magnitude has never before occurred in the
history of the Van Gogh Museum," said Axel Rüger, the museum director,
in a statement. "It is already a rarity that a new painting can be added
to Van Gogh's oeuvre." The museum said that there are two letters from the artist from the
summer of 1888 that directly refer to the painting, which he considered
to be a failed effort.
The artwork originally belonged to Vincent Van Gogh's brother Theo, and was later sold in 1901. At one point, the piece belonged to a Norwegian collector who stored it
in an attic after being told the work wasn't an authentic Van Gogh. The
painting currently belongs to private collectors who wish to remain
anonymous, according to reports.
According to letter Van Gogh wrote to his brother, on July 5 1888, he was not pleased with the results of the painting.
at sunset, I was on a stony heath where very small, twisted oaks grow,
in the background a ruin on the hill, and wheat fields in the valley. It
was romantic, it couldn’t be more so, à la [Adolphe Joseph Thomas]
Monticelli, the sun was pouring its very yellow rays over the bushes and
the ground, absolutely a shower of gold. And all the lines were
beautiful, the whole scene had a charming nobility. You wouldn’t have
been at all surprised to see knights and ladies suddenly appear,
returning from hunting with hawks, or to hear the voice of an old
Provençal troubadour. The fields seemed purple, the distances blue. And I
brought back a study of it too, but it was well below what I’d wished
Van Gogh (1853-1890) crafted some of the world's best known and most
loved paintings, including "Sunflowers," "Irises" and "Starry Night,"
and a number of self-portraits.