A previously undiscovered Van Gogh has been found hiding in plain sight—beneath another painting. Conservators at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts X-rayed The Ravine, revealing another painting created several months earlier, the MFA and the Van Gogh Museum said today. A pen-and-ink drawing of the concealed painting, Wild Vegetation, is in the Amsterdam institution.
Van Gogh sometimes painted over older works when money and supplies were lacking. He apparently painted Wild Vegetation during an 1889 stint at an asylum in the south of France and painted over it after receiving a shipment of supplies from his brother, Theo. The existence of the painted original had only been speculated on until now.