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After sitting in an attic for years, a painting from 1888 has finally been recognized as an official Van Gogh.
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still life, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterized by bold, symbolic colors, and dramatic, impulsive and highly expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art.
The painting — which is titled, “Sunset at Montmajour,” and portrays a beautiful landscape — was purchased by a Norwegian art collector named Christian Nicolai Mustad in 1908. Mustad received some bad information. Believing the art to be fake, he banished the painting to his attic.
While Mustad died in 1970, we’re not sure who the current owner is as they have chosen to remain anonymous. However, the painting was submitted for authentication in 1991 and rejected by the Van Gogh Museum.
It was originally rejected because it lacked a signature. However, it has been deemed an original based on letters, style, and physical materials that were used in the painting.
The recent discovery that this is indeed a true Van Gogh is big news, as this is the first time a full-canvas painting by Van Gogh has been discovered since 1928.
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