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The ‘newest’ Van Gogh

Declared a fake for decades, Sunset finally won its imprimatur from the experts at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.

Turns out, “even Van Gogh had his off days,” said Jonathan Jones in TheGuardian.com. As the art world—and one lucky collector—celebrate this week’s announcement that a new Vincent van Gogh landscape has been discovered, the painting itself begs to be put back in an attic. Even though the great Dutch painter was doing some of his best work during the same 1888 summer that he produced Sunset at Montmajour, the image’s “clogged colors and clumsy composition” mark it as a misfire. It still makes a good story, said Sara Webb in Reuters.com. Declared a fake for decades, Sunset won its imprimatur from the experts at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum 22 years after its current anonymous owner first brought it to the museum’s attention. One key clue: a letter from the artist describing the canvas as “well below what I’d wished to do.”

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