A painting that had earlier been thought to be a fake and had been stored for decades in the attic of a Norwegian home has now been identified as a long-lost work by Vincent Van Gogh.
Sunset at Montmajour has been authenticated thanks to “extensive research into [its] style, technique, paint, canvas, the depiction, Van Gogh’s letters and the provenance,” Van Gogh Museum Director Axel Ruger says .
Among the reasons why researchers now say it’s a real Van Gogh, the AP adds, is that “it can be dated to the exact day it was painted because Vincent described it in a letter to his brother, Theo, and said he painted it the previous day — July 4, 1888.”
Norwegian business man and art collector Nicolai Christian Mustad bought the painting in 1908. However, he didn’t take the work for a genuine Van Gogh piece. Exactly why he thought so is uncertain.
It was stowed away in an attic until it was handed over to the Van Gogh Museum for authentification in 1991. Back then, they concluded that the work was most likely a fake. Recently, they changed their mind after thorough research.
The painting will be on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from September 24 until January 12 2014.