A design newly attributed to Vincent Van Gogh is about to be publicly exhibited for the very first time. The van Gogh museum at Amsterdam will put the work – a rarity, given that new van Gogh pieces are rarely unveiled – on view this week.
The work, entitled Study for worn, is dated November 1882 and depicts an elderly worker seated on a wooden chair, bent over, his face in his hands. Van Gogh made a preliminary sketch of it for his 1882 drawing of the same title early in his career, while working in The Hague.
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“It is quite rare that a new work is attributed to Van Gogh,” museum director Emilie Gordenker said in a statement. “We are proud to be able to share this first drawing and its story with our visitors. “
The study is owned by a Dutch collector who was not named by the museum in its advertisement. The owner has approached the museum to have the work inspected for its attribution, and is lending the work for exhibition in Amsterdam until January 2022.
According to the Van Gogh Museum, the artist detailed the ideas that led him to make the final drawing, that of 1882. Door Outside, which currently belongs to the institution – in letters to his brother Theo and his friend Anthon van Rappard.
In a statement, lead researcher Teio Meedendorp said the technique used for pencil and watercolor drawing aligns with other works on paper attributed to the Post-Impressionist master in the museum’s collection. Meedendorp said the damage to the corners of the drawing is also consistent with others in van Gogh’s work, as the artist attached sheets of paper to the drawing board using pieces of starch, which caused wear. Gordenker said the drawing offers “exceptional insight into this work process”.
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