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New painting by Van Gogh discovered

Amsterdam museum attributes the unsigned work Sunset at Montmajour, which it previously dismissed, to the Dutch artist

Axel Ruger, the director of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, unveils the newly attributed painting

The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, announced today that it has discovered a painting that it is confident is by the famous Dutch artist. Sunset at Montmajour,1888, which is unsigned, is due to go on show in the exhibition “Van Gogh at Work” (24 September-14 January 2104).

The museum’s director, Axel Rüger, called the attribution unprecedented in the history of the institution, which reportedly dismissed the work in the 1990s.

Sunset at Montmajour is owned by a private collector who has agreed to lend it to the Amsterdam museum until September 2014, a museum spokeswoman says, declining to comment further on the collector’s identity.

A museum statement says that technical research by Louis van Tilbourgh and Teio Meedendorp has shown that the pigments used inSunset at Montmajour correspond with those used by Van Gogh while painting in Arles. It adds that he also used the same type of canvas and underpainting for at least one other work, The Rocks, which is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Two letters written by the artist in Arles during the summer of 1888 could refer to the work, which is a landscape that includes a hill near the city in the south of France.

The October issue of the Burlington Magazine is due to reveal more information about the research that led to the attribution of the painting to Van Gogh.

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