On Sep. 9 La Times reports that a painting in a private collector's reserve has been authenticated to be the missing "Sunset at Montmajour" by Vincent Van Gogh. The painting depicts a wooded area near Arles in the south of France.
The painting dates back to when Van Gogh did his famous "Sunflowers" painting roughly around 1888, just two years before he died. There are two separate letters that reference this painting as a failed attempt, which could have contributed to how it managed to get "lost" to begin with. Originally, the landscape was part of the collection belonging to Theo Van Gogh, Vincent's brother. It was sold in 1901 and then ownership became unknown until recently.
The "Sunset at Montmajour" landscape spent two years being authenticated by Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam using x-ray technologies, historical information, and other techniques that date the types of pigments used and technical style. The piece is an original according to all the authentication.
According to officials at the Van Gogh Museum, finding a painting such as this is rare and a fantastic find. The painting will go on display in the museum on Sep. 24.
Are you surprised that this lost painting was discovered?