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Unseen Van Gogh Drawing To Make Its Public Debut

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 16, 2021

Topline

A recently rediscovered drawing by the famed 19th century Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh is set to go on display this week in Amsterdam, a “rare” confirmation of new work by the artist.

Key Facts

Study for ‘Worn Out’ is a pencil drawing depicting an older man seated in a chair with his head in his hands.

It is a preliminary study of Van Gogh’s 1882 drawing Worn Out.

The piece was unveiled by the Van Gogh Museum in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, where it will be shown starting Friday.

According to a statement from the museum it reflects the theme of “sympathy for the socially disadvantaged” seen throughout the artist’s work.

The study’s owner gave it to the museum to authenticate but wishes to remain anonymous.

Crucial Quote

“As a knowledge centre dedicated to the work of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries, we’re delighted with this discovery, with which we’ve again done justice to our specialist field,” museum director Emilie Gordenker said in a statement. “It’s quite rare for a new work to be attributed to Van Gogh.”

Key Background

Van Gogh was born in 1853 and started painting in 1880. Over the next decade he produced hundreds of paintings and other works, but struggled with his mental health in later years. He took his own life in 1890, aged 37. It was only after Van Gogh died that he became famous, and today his work is known and displayed across the globe. In March this year another “unseen” piece by Van Gogh fetched over $15 million at auction in Paris.

Further Reading

Vincent Van Gogh: Newly discovered drawing goes on display” (BBC News)

“​​Unseen Vincent van Gogh painting of Paris sells for $15.4M” (CNN)

What’s Behind the Wave of Immersive Van Gogh Exhibits” (Bloomberg)

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