A long-lost Vincent Van Gogh painting has been discovered. The painting was unveiled at a press conference Monday morning at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. According to The Guardian, the painting, called "Sunset at Montmajour" is the first full-size painting by the Dutch painter to be discovered since 1928.
The Van Gogh Museum identified the painting, which is believed to have been completed on July 4, 1888. The painting depicts trees, bushes, and the sky, all painted with Van Gogh's iconic thick brush strokes. Experts at the museum have said that the authenticity of the painting was determined by letters exchanged between Van Gogh and his brother Theo and also the style of the painting.
The painting spent years stowed away in an attic in Norway as it was thought to be the work of another artist. Sold in 1901, the painting seemed to vanish until it re-appeared in the estate of Christan Nicolai Mustad, a Norwegian industrialist, following his death in 1970. According to Mustad's family, Mustad put the painting in the attic after the French ambassador to Sweden visited Mustad and told him that the painting was a fake.
Museum director Axel Rüger admitted that the museum rejected the painting's authenticity in the 1990's, but new research techniques have led experts to believe that the painting is indeed the work of Van Gogh.
"Sunset at Montmajour" is now owned by an unidentified private collector and will be on display at the Van Gogh Museum from September 24.