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Last chance to see Sunset at Montmajour

Since September 2013, visitors were able to see with their own eyes the new painting by Vincent van Gogh discovered by the museum: Sunset at Montmajour (1888). The authentication was based on extensive research into the style, technique, paint, canvas, the depiction, Van Gogh’s letters and the provenance. The discovery of the painting became world news. Exactly one year later, there was a last chance to see the painting in the Van Gogh Museum. 

Transitional work in his oeuvre
Van Gogh had great ambitions for the painting. With this work, he wanted to present himself as a poet among the landscape painters and was deeply disappointed when he felt he had not managed to solve certain problems convincingly. Researcher Louis van Tilborgh and Teio Meedendorp commented: ‘This makes the painting one of a special group of experimental works that Van Gogh at times esteemed of lesser value than we tend to do today. The painting is even a transitional work in his oeuvre. From then on, Van Gogh increasingly felt the need to paint with more and more impasto and more and more layers. And owing to this work, we also get a more balanced insight into to origin of the greatest examples of his drawing – the series of pen and ink drawings that he made the week after he painted Sunset at Montmajour. The painting appears to be inextricably bound up with these pen and ink drawings, they constitute a unity.’