Here's a 'New' Van Gogh Work
'Sunset at Montmajour' from 'most important period of his life': expert
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 9, 2013 11:06 AM CDT
"Sunset at Montmajour" by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is seen during a press conference at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

(Newser) – Its namesake has been dead for more than a century, but the Van Gogh Museum has a new work by the painter—and it's from what might be called his greatest-hits period. Painted in 1888, around the same time as "The Bedroom" and "The Sunflowers," "Sunset at Montmajour" was unveiled at the Amsterdam institution today, the New York Times reports. "We always think we’ve seen everything and we know everything," says the museum's director. But "for the first time in the history of the museum, that is in the past 40 years, a substantial capital new work of Van Gogh has been discovered that was completely unknown in the literature."

The work shows fields and a ruined abbey at dusk in Provence, France. After a sale in 1908, the painting "was declared a fake," notes another museum expert. So it spent years in an attic until the current owners bought it; they showed it to the museum two years ago to find out if it was the real thing. There is, apparently, little question: It adheres to contemporary records as well as pigment tests, says the museum's former chief curator. "We know what it depicts, we know the history, we have a full quote in (a) letter about it," adds a researcher. Click for more.

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Econ_101
Sep 11, 2013 8:38 AM CDT
Wasn't there a monkey who painted a first prize winner ?? Just asking !!
plain_speaking
Sep 10, 2013 3:17 AM CDT
Love it...and not all foxglove induced yellow...
schmidtkoff
Sep 9, 2013 8:18 PM CDT
It is not particularly impressive. The ruined abbey can only be discerned by downloading the image and enlarging it with an image editing program. The abbey is inconsequential as to its relation to the the overall composition. Yet they give it great attention. Just because an artist is considered great, or a master doesn't mean ALL of the artist's works are great and masterful.This is neither great, nor masterful.