That accent of yours. You’re from Holland like me.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A painting that sat for six decades in a Norwegian industrialist’s attic after he was told it was a fake Van Gogh was pronounced the real thing Monday, making it the first full-size canvas by the tortured Dutch artist to be discovered since 1928.
Experts at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam authenticated the 1888 landscape “Sunset at Montmajour” with the help of Vincent Van Gogh’s letters, chemical analysis of the pigments and X-rays of the canvas.
The roughly 37-by-29-inch “Sunset at Montmajour” depicts a dry landscape of twisting oak trees, bushes and sky, and was done during the period when Van Gogh was increasingly adopting the thick “impasto” brush strokes that became typical of his work in the final years of his short life.
It can be dated to the exact day it was painted because he described it in a letter to his brother, Theo, and said he had painted it the previous day — July 4, 1888.
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Doctor Who Series 5: Vincent and The Doctor
Inspired by this.
Vincent and the Doctor and Amy
Doctor, this is why I love you. Right here.
Vincent van Gogh was a man who is somewhat famous for his mental instability. He later ended his own life. For the Doctor to go and show him that his art mattered, and that his existence mattered…is amazing. And I wish someone could have shown this amazing artist how much he contributed to the world.
I wish the Doctor could show everyone how they mattered, because everybody does matter. In our own small way, we change the world simply by existing.
- Between you and me, in a hundred words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?
- Well…big question. But to me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.
30 Days of Summer Break Doctor Who: Day 20
What’s your favorite “guest appearance” by someone from history?
I would have to say that my favorite historical person to appear on Doctor Who so far is Vincent Van Gogh. I can relate to him more than any previous “guest appearance.” I am an artist, a painter who has barely made any money from my work but refuses to cast it aside for what some people may think are better professions. I’ve been an artist for almost all my life. I honestly can’t see any other career path that fits me more. Art isn’t just a hobby for me it’s who I am. I think Van Gogh felt the same way as I do.
Another aspect to this episode about Van Gogh is how he could see something that no one else, not even the Doctor, could. This little fact made sense for an eccentric man who painted the world in a way that no one before him thought of. I also loved how this put the Doctor in a new and odd position. Maybe Vincent was crazy, maybe it was all the chemicals he came in contact with, or maybe he was a special individual. What I do know is this: Vincent and the Doctor gave me a whole new reason to respect Van Gogh as a fellow artist and as a person.