Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New Van Gogh Painting?

After two years of scrutiny, art experts have finally agreed that "Sunset at Montmajour" is indeed a 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.

Yesterday, 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 to do.”

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.

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