Recently a Vincent Van Gogh was discovered in an Attic in Norway. The painting titled Sunset at Montmajour was authenticated by the Van Gogh Musuem who say that "all research indicates: this work is by Van Gogh." We keep thinking about how stoked the Norwegian dude who found the painting in the attic must be…
A couple of days ago after being branded a fake, dumped in an attic and hidden from public view for more than a century - the oil on canvas painting titled 'Sunset at Montmajour' has been hailed as a masterpiece.
Researchers linked 'Sunset at Montmajour' to Van Gogh's hand-written musings about what he did that day in the summer of 1888 and used 21st century technology to confirm the painting's authenticity.
The landscape was painted on July 4, 1888 and was mentioned the next day in a letter Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the letter he described the scene, however expressed disappointment with the painting, saying 'it was well below what I'd wished to do.'
Van Gogh was known to be critical of his own work and battled with bouts of mental illness. After he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1890, 'Sunset at Montmajour' was listed in his brother's collection. The work was bought 20 years later by a Norwegian called Christian Mustad. It seems that Mustad appears to have been told the work was a forgery or wrongly attributed - so the work was banished to his attic.
In 1991, the anonymous owners of the painting contacted the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam for their opinion, the experts rejected the work because it was unsigned. Earlier this week the same museum announced that after a two year long investigation, the conclusion was made that the work was genuine after all. A chemical analysis of the paint pigment was carried out and was identical to those that Van Gogh used, furthermore an x-ray examination of the canvas matched other paintings he had done that month.
The work will go on show for year at the museum.
Van Gogh sold only one painting while he was alive and his work was only beginning to win acclaim when he died. Today he is one of the world's most celebrated artists and his works are highly sought after on the rare occasion they appear at auction.
In 1987 'Vase With Fifteen Sunflowers' sold for close to 25 million pounds.