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Sep 12

You go Van Gogh! Newly discovered Sunset at Montmajour on exhibit

The Van Gogh Museum has discovered a new painting by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): Sunset at Montmajour (1888). Director Axel Rüger: “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.

Yeah, Vincent Van Gogh is dead.

Van Gogh died from what has been called a self-inflicted gun shot wound, July 29, 1890.

Later this month, September 24, 2013, a newly discovered painting by the world famous artist will be exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The museum announced the exhibit this month.

“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.” Sunset at Montmajour will be shown in the exhibition Van Gogh at work in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from 24 September.’

The painting had been in a private collection owned by a family, said museum director, Axel Rüger.

The director, out of privacy concerns for the family would not say any more about from where the painting had come.

Van Gogh’s work in the south of France included his sunflower paintings and the pigments and the canvas and method of underpainting used at Arles for at least one other painting – the Houston of Fine Arts Museum’s “The Rocks” are the same as those used in the painting, according to Rüger.

Theo Van Gogh, the artist’s younger brother and art dealer owned the painting after Van Gogh died, but Theo died the following year.

The painting, “Sunflower” came out the same year, 1888, as “Sunset at Montmajour” and they are both about the same size, 93.3 cm by 73.3 cm or not quite 3 feet by two-and-half feet.

Oddly, this isn’t the first time the museum has held this painting. The owners attended the museum in 1991 with the painting but Rüger said it wasn’t recognized as a Van Gogh.
For more, check out the museum website here: http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp?page=330726&lang=en

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