New Van Gogh 'found'
19 November 2003 AMSTERDAM — Breda Museum claims to have found an early Van Gogh painting that was part of a private collection and will exhibit the work from 22 November. But the Van Gogh Museum doubts its authenticity.
19 November 2003
AMSTERDAM — Breda Museum claims to have found an early Van Gogh painting that was part of a private collection and will exhibit the work from 22 November. But the Van Gogh Museum doubts its authenticity.
The painting is called "Huizen bij Den Haag" (Houses near The Hague) and dates back to 1882. It was part of a collection that in the late 1940s was considered to be forgeries, an NOS news report said.
But according to Breda Museum, new examinations using x-ray technology have revealed that the artwork was an original Van Gogh because a preliminary study of a Scheveningen knitter can be seen hidden behind the painting.
The museum said Van Gogh is the only painter known to have painted at the end of the 19-century houses in The Hague and Scheveningen women.
Further research by the museum strengthened claims the painting was an original Van Gogh. It said the painting was part of a collection found in the attic of the former boat hand Barend den Houter, who had helped Van Gogh's mother at the time move from Breda to Leiden.
The chest of paintings later came into the possession of Breda tax public servant Marijnissen, who waged a long battle for official recognition of the paintings. Marijnissen had the Stedelijk Museum examine the paintings, but they were declared forgeries at the end of the 1940s.
But doubts still remain about the painting and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has refused to make an official declaration at this stage. "Our experts have not yet seen the painting, let alone examined it," a spokesman said.
"Naturally, the museum views new, Van Gogh-attributed works with interest, but experience has taught that only cautiousness is called for. We will certainly go and see the exhibit in Breda and further study the results of the investigation."
[Copyright Expatica News 2003]
Subject: Dutch news