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ARCHIVE PAGE 18 - November 2016
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New Van Gogh art found
Or maybe not...November 16, 2016
This week Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, a professor at the University of Toronto in Canada, presented what she claimed were previously unknown Van Gogh sketchbook drawings from an 1888 ledger (drawings published this week by Abrams Vincent van Gogh: The Lost Arles Sketchbook). The accounting ledger was used as a drawing book by Van Gogh while traveling in the Provence (i.e., Provençal) countryside, and the authenticity of the artwork was supported by various experts, particularly Van Gogh scholar Ronald Pickvance who has published a number of books on Van Gogh. Pictures in the book depict familiar Van Gogh subjects such as haystacks, farm fields, and there is a single Van Gogh self portrait.
But the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum has come out saying the artwork is imitation and that they have stated this in the past:
“... experts examined its style, technique and iconography, and among their conclusions were that it contains distinctive topographical errors and that its maker based it on discoloured drawings by Van Gogh.
...For some time, the Van Gogh Museum has been aware of the album of drawings that has now been published under the title of Vincent van Gogh: The Lost Arles Sketchbook. At an earlier stage (in 2008 and 2012), our experts gave their opinion on its authenticity – an opinion not mentioned in the publication – at the request of various owners of drawings from the album. Our researchers and curators are happy about every new work that can correctly be attributed to Van Gogh, but on the basis of high-quality photographs sent to them of 56 of the 65 drawings now published, they concluded that these could not be attributed to Vincent van Gogh. ”
Battling experts is nothing new in the art world, but it is now on Prof. Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov to marshal more expert testimony in favor of her discovery to compete with the weight of the Van Gogh Museum.
Press release from the Van Gogh Museum (in English).
Art by Felix Vallotton, 1890
Art by Toshiaki Kato
Gustav Klimpt 1895
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