Van Gogh Missing for 40 Years Found in Safe-Deposit Box
Authorities have not yet authenticated the painting
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2014 6:58 PM CDT
This photo suppiled by The Morgan Library & Museum in New York shows Vincent Van Gogh's 1887 "Self-Portrait: Three Quarters to the Right."   (AP Photo/The Morgan Library & Museum)

(Newser) – A Van Gogh painting thought to have been missing for 40 years appears to have been found in a Spanish safe-deposit box, the Los Angeles Times reports. Tax collectors ran across Cypress, Sky and Country, an unframed 1-foot by 1-foot work, while going through the box's contents in December as part of a tax evasion investigation. The 1889 painting was likely created while Van Gogh was at the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the asylum in the south of France where he also painted The Starry Night. It's not clear how the painting went missing from Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, Reuters reports. Authorities are working to authenticate it.

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Arthur Vandelay
May 13, 2014 9:20 AM CDT
In junior high school the art teacher took us on a field trip to see his paintings. Since I lived in Watts at the time I really remember the trip and thankful to that teacher.
May 12, 2014 11:15 PM CDT
The painting is called " Cypress, Sky and Country" which is not the painting accompanying this article. I think Mr. Van Gogh owes us an explanation.
May 12, 2014 11:11 PM CDT
Very nice. I've always been quite fond of his art.