September 10, 2013

New Van Gogh!

Quite amazingly, 188 123 years after his death, a new unknown painting by Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered and authenticated!

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The owner, a Norwegian industrialist, had originally been told it was a fake, but six decades later, it was found to be real. The last painting of Van Gogh’s was discovered in the 1920’s.imageIt was a combination of the brushwork, the paints, and a letter to his brother describing the painting, as well as the light in that area as a “shower of gold” that lead to its authentication by no less an authority as the Van Gogh Museum in The Netherlands. The painting is titled “Sunset at Montmajour”. It was painted during the time Van Gogh lived in the South of France and painted other works such as his Sunflowers series.

Interestingly enough, there’s a new book to be published on the Sunflowers paintings, four of which were made, and only two of which in circulation today. One was destroyed in the attack on Hiroshima, and the other is deep in a private collection. imageThe new book is called “The Sunflowers are Mine” and it traces the lives of the four sunflower paintings.

I’ve always been a fan of Van Gogh. When I lived in Wales, they shot the TV show Dr. Who in and around where I lived. The Time Lord and his companion go back to Holland and visit Van Gogh, and the show gives such a poignant idea of what the artist’s madness did to him, that I cry every time I watch the episode.

16 comments:

  1. Handy little nest egg. Hope he's still around to enjoy it.

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  2. Meg I will be watching this episode and reading the book!. I love when these lost masterpieces are found!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Artists Series

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  3. how exciting! i will watch the dr. no piece. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  4. Such an amazing and exciting discovery. I did a post on Van Gogh this summer after our visit to the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands.

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  5. How exciting -- and it's a gorgeous landscape, moreover. You know, I was SO hoping to stumble across a treasure like this in the Paris flea markets, but alas... Much like the lottery, 'was not meant to be! ;-) Can you even imagine thinking you had a fake Van Gogh, but it turned out to be real? That would be the ultimate Antiques Road Show episode, don't you think? Thanks for sharing this, Meg!

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    1. The comments on the NYT's article about this were filled with people who'd discovered treasures for cheap!

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  6. Wow! That is rather thrilling, isn't it? Did you read the biography that was published a couple years ago? It was excellent. As much as I like the popular version of him, a la' Doctor Who, it was much more interesting to learn about the man as he was.

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    1. I would love to read that book. I will hunt it up!

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  7. Erm . . . he died in 1890, so it would be "123 years after his death," not 188 years.....

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  8. I went to the Kruller-Dunkin-Donuts museum. It was delicious, but they didn't have any Van Goghnuts. I love this newly discovered painting. The trees in the middle look like Dr. Seuss' "truffula trees".

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  9. I so enjoy your posts and the personal links and insights you provide (Van Gogh to Dr. Who).

    Ceci

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