Van Gogh Painting's Grand Entrance into Museum Life
Van Gogh’s painting “Sunset at Montmajour,” which has remained anonymous to all aside from the art historians who rejected it as a fake, made its debut from attic to museum after being declared 100% authentic after arduous research.
According to museum director Axel Ruger, museum researchers have reportedly worked to prove the validity of the painting for the past two years after the past owners, who wish to remain unknown, of “Sunset at Montmajour” took it to the Van Gogh museum in 1991. Many new techniques have evolved for authenticating and identifying works of art since that time and these practices were put to use when researchers gave the piece of art another go.
Museum senior researcher Louis van Tillborgh stated that “Sunset at Montmajour” was painted on the same type of canvas and used the same kind of under painting Van Gogh used in his post-impressionistic painting “The Rocks” created in 1888. The rocky terrain scenery used in this painting was, coincidentally, modeled after an area in the South of France called Montmajour.
“Sunset in Montmajour”, painted in Arles in 1888, depicts dusk on the hillside of Montmajour in Providence. The landscape features sprawling wheat fields and in the background stands the ruins of a Benedictine abbey in the distance. The piece, as concluded by Ruger, is from the most important period of the artist’s life in which he created other significant masterpieces, such as “Sunflowers”, “The Yellow House”, and “The Bedroom”.
Staring September 24th, the painting will be on view in the exhibition “Van Gogh at Work” for approximately a year. For further reading, click here.
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