New Van Gogh painting discovered


Sunset at Montmajour, by Vincent van Gogh

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Discovery of new Van Gogh

Monday Sep 9 2013, 10:53 (Update: 09-09-13, 13:31)

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has discovered a new painting by Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh made the work Sunset at Montmajour in 1888, ​​near Arles in southern France.

The museum speaks of a rare discovery. According to the museum this is a pivotal piece of work and a highlight in his oeuvre. In the same period he painted also work like Sunflowers, The Yellow House and The bedroom.

Research

The canvas is owned by a private individual. It is not clear whether he knew that this was a canvas by Van Gogh. There has been much research on the relatively large painting, 93.3 by 73.3 centimeter.

The attribution to Van Gogh is based on extensive research on its style, technique, paint, cloth, representation and Van Gogh’s letters.

“Everything we found pointed out that this work was by Van Gogh. Stylistically and technically, there are numerous parallels with other Van Gogh paintings from the summer of 1888. Literature and archival research also helped us to find out about the earliest history of the painting. It was part of the collection of Theo van Gogh in 1890 and was sold in 1901,” the researchers say.

Arles

The location on the painting was recognized by the researchers. The scenery is not far from Arles near the Montmajour hill with the ruin of its eponymous abbey. There are two letters from the artist from the summer of 1888 which refer literally to the painting.

Van Gogh wrote in the letters that the work was a failure. This can be explained because the painting, besides strong and distinct features of Van Gogh also has weak and less convincing parts.

The work will be in a year-long exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, starting 24 September. The museum has the canvas on loan from the owner. Whoever that is was not disclosed.

See also here. And here.

In 1991, the Van Gogh Museum had already investigated this painting. Then, they concluded it was not a real Van Gogh.

27 thoughts on “New Van Gogh painting discovered

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  2. I am no art expert ! But for some reason it reminds me of Van Goths ‘olive trees’ painting. Have a look, see what you think. The painting above could easily compliment the ‘olives tree’ painting. Does it look like its going to be morning or sunset in painting above ?

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  7. Werk Van Gogh duikt na 40 jaar op
    Toegevoegd: zaterdag 10 mei 2014, 17:09

    De Spaanse Belastingdienst heeft bij toeval een schilderij van Vincent van Gogh gevonden dat veertig jaar geleden was verdwenen. Het werk zat in een kluis van iemand met een belastingschuld, meldt de krant El Mundo.

    Na uitgebreid onderzoek concludeerden twee deskundigen aan de hand van de originele handtekening dat het hoogstwaarschijnlijk een echte Van Gogh is. Het Spaanse ministerie van Cultuur moet dit nog bevestigen.
    Cipressen

    Het doek is een landschap met cipressen dat de Nederlandse schilder maakte rond 1889. Het werk Cipres, lucht en platteland hing in het Instituut voor Kunstgeschiedenis van de Universiteit Wenen. Hoe het doek in de kluis is terechtgekomen, wordt nog onderzocht.

    De eigenaar van de kluis zegt dat hij het doek slechts in bewaring had. Een buitenlandse miljonair heeft het volgens hem in 2010 naar Spanje gebracht. De waarde van het doek is nog niet vastgesteld.
    Sterrennacht

    Van Gogh heeft het schilderij van 35 bij 32 centimeter vermoedelijk gemaakt tijdens zijn verblijf in een instelling in het Franse Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Hij maakte daar meerdere doeken met cipressen, waaronder het bekende De sterrennacht.

    Achterop het doek zijn enkele waarmerken van gerespecteerde instituten te zien. De oudste komt overeen met die van het Amsterdamse Rijksmuseum en is gedateerd op 8 april 1944. De meeste recente is van het instituut in Wenen (1974).

    http://nos.nl/artikel/646226-werk-van-gogh-duikt-na-40-jaar-op.html

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