NEW YORK: Art collector, Stuart Pivar claims that he has rediscovered a long-lost work by the famed impressionist, Vincent Van Gogh.
Pivar, who is an art collector and luminary founded the New York Academy of Art along with a renowned pop art icon Andy Warhol in 1979. According to his statement, he found the possible masterpiece in a dubious county auction outside of Paris.
Reportedly, the piece of work depicting vivacious wheat fields of Auvers, if authentic, was drawn by the artist in the last two months of his life. Van Gogh had shot himself in the chest in the same fields of Auvers-Sur-Oise. The Post-impressionist painter died two days later in an inn alongside his brother Theo where he revealed that he had shot himself.
Pivar, 90, requested The Van Gogh museum located in Amsterdam for authentication of the landscape. Although the museum is closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they have decided to accept Pivar’s request exceptionally.
“The picture is in pristine original condition, painted on a coarse burlap canvas consistent with those used by van Gogh late in his career.” Michael Mezzatesta, an independent scholar and currently director emeritus of the Duke University Museum of Art stated.
Mezzatesta continued, “The reverse of the canvas bears the signature ‘Vincent’ in an entirely credible hand and what appears to my eye a date ‘1890’ rendered in the fugitive walnut brown ink typical of many of Van Gogh’s drawings.”
The painting is drawn on a square canvas, sides of which stretch to 36 inches. If authenticated, it would be the artist’s largest work and may find its way in the van Gogh’s catalogue raisonné.
Recently authenticated work of art by the impressionist is the colorful inkling of poppies. It shows red poppies placed in a vase sitting against a gloomy background. After debating for nearly 30 years, the researchers authenticated the artwork 2019.