If you’re not a Doctor Who fan, you probably won’t get this…
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A painting that sat for six decades in a Norwegian industrialist’s attic after he was told it was a fake Van Gogh was pronounced the real thing Monday, making it the first full-size canvas by the tortured Dutch artist to be discovered since 1928.
Experts at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam authenticated the 1888 landscape “Sunset at Montmajour” with the help of Vincent Van Gogh’s letters, chemical analysis of the pigments and X-rays of the canvas.
The roughly 37-by-29-inch “Sunset at Montmajour” depicts a dry landscape of twisting oak trees, bushes and sky, and was done during the period when Van Gogh was increasingly adopting the thick “impasto” brush strokes that became typical of his work in the final years of his short life.
It can be dated to the exact day it was painted because he described it in a letter to his brother, Theo, and said he had painted it the previous day — July 4, 1888.
Yes. I’m that big a dork.
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4 thoughts on “Van Gogh Museum: New Van Gogh identified”
I knew it!
Doctor Who is actually a cleverly disguised reality series!
How awesome and incredible would that be!
What I wouldn’t give to discover a Van Gogh in my attic. OMG.
But… you don’t have an attic.