New Van Gogh painting discovered: Sunset at Montmajour!
New Van Gogh painting discovered: Sunset at Montmajour
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The Van Gogh Museum has discovered a new painting by Vincent van Gogh: Sunset at Montmajour (72 x 93 cm). Only very rarely can a newly identified painting of this calibre be added to Van Gogh’s known oeuvre. The attribution is based on extensive art-historical, documentary and technical research. This discovery emphasizes the importance of research, such as the research underlying the exhibition Van Gogh at Work.
To determine the context of the painting, our experts conducted extensive historical research on its style, subject matter and composition, as well as on Van Gogh’s activities in the summer of 1888.
After the location was identified as the hill of Montmajour near Arles, references to the painting could be found in the artist’s correspondence. The provenance of the painting was then traced back to the inventory of works inherited by Vincent’s brother Theo after the artist’s death in 1890.
Our conservators conducted a technical examination of the painting in collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE).
They took X-ray photographs, made computer analyses of the canvas material and used X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF) to identify the pigments used. Finally, microscopic research provided insight into Van Gogh’s working methods and the structure of the paint layers.
This technical examination revealed that the pigments correspond to what we know about Van Gogh’s palette in Arles and show the discolorations typical of his work. The same type of canvas and ground have also been identified in at least one other painting, The rocks in the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, which was painted around the same time and in a very similar style.
Sunset at Montmajour will be featured in the exhibition Van Gogh at Work at the Van Gogh Museum from Tuesday 24 September 2013 onwards. It will remain on display at the museum until October 2014. Reserve your tickets online now and be among the first to see this newly discovered Van Gogh.
For those interested in learning more about the painting and the examination that led to the attribution, we will offer two lectures on Wednesday 2 and Wednesday 16 October at 14:30 in the museum auditorium. Admission is free for museum visitors.
To reserve seats, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Space is limited, so please reserve promptly.
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