The first full-size Vincent Van Gogh painting to be discovered in 85 years has been authenticated as a genuine long-lost work of the Dutch master after an odyssey that included lingering for six decades in the attic of a Norwegian industrialist who had been told it was a fake.
Sunset at Montmajour depicts a dry landscape of twisting oak trees, bushes, and sky, and it was done during the period when Van Gogh was increasingly adopting the thick brush strokes that became typical of his work in the final years of his short life, experts at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam said Monday.
It can be dated to the exact day it was painted because Vincent described it in a letter to his brother, Theo, and said he had painted it the previous day — July 4, 1888.
“At sunset I was on a stony heath where very small, twisted oaks grow, in the background a ruin on the hill and wheat fields in the valley,” Van Gogh wrote.
“It was romantic…the sun was pouring its very yellow rays over the bushes and the ground, absolutely a shower of gold.”
But then Vincent confessed that the painting was “well below what I’d wished to do,” and later he sent it to Theo to keep.
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