Eighty-five years have passed since an artwork by one of the great Dutch masters, Vincent Van Gogh, has surfaced.
According to the Sept. 9, USA Today, Van Gogh’s "Sunset at Montmajour" was believed to be that of another painter. The painting of trees, bushes and sky was evidenced as Van Gogh’s by his familiar large brush strokes and a letter to his brother Theo in which “he said he painted it the previous day — July 4, 1888,” reports USA Today.
The painting on a large canvas, 93.3 by 73.3 centimeters (36.7 by 28.9 inches), is identified as number 180 from Theo van Gogh’s collection of his brother’s works. The number is still visible on the back of the painting.
The original Dutch master painting was previously owned by a Norwegian man who, after being told it wasn’t a Van Gogh, stuck it up in his attic.
In the 1990’s, the Van Gogh Museum rejected the painting as authentic. But now after years of investigation and new evidence being presented, the Van Gogh original, "Sunset at Montmajour," owned by an undisclosed private collector will be on display until Sept. 24 at the museum that once denied the painting’s authenticity.
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