Offbeat A new van Gogh drawing recently discovered is exposed to Amsterdam
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this version of Vincent Van Gogh's "worn peasant", staying in the same family for over a hundred years and never exposed, has been authenticated recently. It can be seen until January 2 at the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam
an old man worn and sad, vaulted and sitting on a chair: this drawing of the painter Vincent van Gogh discovered in a private Dutch collection where It was preserved for more than 100 years was presented for the first time to the public Thursday at the.
"This is the first time this drawing comes out in the open. It had never been exposed anywhere," welcomed AFP a museum specialist, Teire Meedendorp. "It comes from a Dutch private collection where he stayed for a very long time and that's the very first time we can see," he added.
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This is a small pencil study conducted in November 1882, study for a worn peasant, in the Dutch period of its debut, unknown, which arouses increasing interest.
An old peasant sitting on a chair
the owners of the drawing, a Dutch family who had bought it in 1910, had asked the museum to authenticate after call launched to private collectors to enrich the digital database and inventory of the museum. Experts confirmed that it was a new work to be included in Van Gogh's assets, a "quite rare" event, according to the Director of the Museum, Emilie Gordenker.
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"We are proud to share this drawing of the beginnings and its history with our visitors," she added. The drawing will be visible until January 2nd, after which he will return to the family who lent him and who preferred to keep anonymous.
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It represents an old peasant vaulted on a wooden chair, standing his head with two hands. The museum already had another similar drawing in its collections, under the title of worn peasant.
preserved for more than a century in the same family
thanks to the letters sent by Van Gogh to his beloved brother Theo, the experts suspected that there had been a second version of the worn peasant but without knowing if this drawing still existed. The discover it has been "a total surprise" and "a stroke of luck", says Teire Meedendorp.
These two drawings are part of a series of "hundreds and hundreds" of sketches made by Van Gogh at the time he lived in The Hague and formed as a merchant of art.
The investigation to authenticate the drawing has been facilitated by the fact that he had never left the giron of the same family, passing from one generation to another, after being purchased in 1910 at a known collector, Henk Bremmer.
The quality of the paper, the type of carpenter pencil, the solution of water and milk to fix the drawing and the characteristic traces of how the artist was hanging his paper on his drawing table have made evidence Additional.
The Van Gogh museum also houses a famous lithograph in the same vein, called the Porte de l'Eternity or old man in pain. The man represented on the drawing is Jacobus Zuyderland, 72 years old, and who finally lived more old than the artist, who committed suicide in 1890 at the age of 37 years. Van Gogh designed his model more than 40 times.
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