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

(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.

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)
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