A newly-authenticated Van Gogh

  • February 24, 2010 10:44

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The Museum de Fundatie's 'Le Blute-Fin Mill' has been authenticated as a painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

Art experts have decided an 1886 painting titled "Le Blute-fin Mill," depicting Montmartre in Paris, is the work of Vincent Van Gogh. The scene features a large amount of colorful figures, an atypical element in Van Gogh's work, gathered around a windmill.

Museum director and collector Dirk Hannema bought the painting from a Paris art dealer in 1975 for 6,500 francs (less than €1,000). He was reluctant to attribute it to Van Gogh because he had been jeered for misidentifying a forged Vermeer in the 1930s.

Hannema left the painting in his will to the Museum of Fundatie which he founded in the Dutch city of Zwolle. He died in 1984 and the painting disappeared, resurfacing in 1993 and in 2007.

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