Sunset at Montmajour by Vincent Van Gogh

Mark Brown, arts correspondent for The Guardian, reports yesterday that –

A stunning landscape that has spent much of its life unloved in a Norwegian attic has been revealed as a newly discovered masterpiece by Vincent Van Gogh. Academics are nothing short of astonished, not least because it comes from the artist’s greatest period when he lived in Arles, southern France, and created works such as The Yellow House and The Sunflowers. Writing in the Burlington Magazine, the three Dutch experts from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam responsible for the discovery call the work “absolutely sensational”. Sunset at Montmajour was unveiled at a ceremony in the Dutch city. Axel Rüger, director of the museum, called it a “once in a lifetime experience”. The picture was painted in 1888 and shows the wild and beautiful countryside near Arles with a ruined abbey on the hill of Montmajour.

The painting, new research suggests, was bought by a Norwegian industrialist, Christian Nicolai Mustad, in 1908 on the advice of art historian and conservator Jens Thiis, who that year became director of the National Museum in Oslo. All was fine but a family story suggests that the French ambassador to Sweden visited Mustad and suggested it was either a fake or wrongly attributed. Furious, the industrialist banished it to the attic.

Full article here. See also the BBC News feature and video here.