Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum on Monday unveiled a newly discovered landscape painting, abandoned for years as a forgery in a Norwegian attic.
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Director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Alex Ruger, presents the painter's "Sunset at Montmajour", dated 1888, on September 9, 2013. AFP
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Long-lost Van Gogh painting unveiled in Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum on Monday unveiled a newly discovered landscape painting from the height of the Dutch master’s career abandoned for years as a forgery in a Norwegian attic
“Sunset at Montmajour,” a large oil landscape from 1888, was unveiled to applause by the museum’s director Axel Rueger as a “unique experience that has not happened in the history of the Van Gogh Museum.”
Depicting a landscape of oaks in the south of France, the painting was brought to the museum from a private collection
Researchers set to work and authenticated it based on comparisons with Van Gogh’s techniques and a letter he wrote on July 4 1888, in which he described the painting.
It had been lying for years in the attic of a Norwegian collector who thought the painting was a forgery after buying it in 1908.
“This discovery is more or less a once in a lifetime experience,” said researcher Louis van Tilborgh, who helped with its authentication
“All research indicates that this is a painting by Van Gogh,” he added.
The long-lost painting was made at around the same time as some of Van Gogh’s most famous works, including “Sunflowers” and “The Bedroom”.
“This is a very, very special morning and you’re seeing a very, very happy director in front of you,” Rueger told AFP.
“When I was told that it had been authenticated as a genuine Van Gogh I could not believe it.”
The museum declined to be drawn on the identity of the mystery collector.
“Unfortunately we cannot divulge too much about the identity of this collector as we need also to protect his privacy ” Rueger said.
“But what I can tell you is that the painting has been lying in the attic for most of this time.” AFP
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abandoned: left and no longer used - ที่ถูกละทิ้ง
applause: showing enjoyment or approval of something such as a performance or speech by clapping the hands repeatedly to make a noise - การปรบมือแสดงความชื่นชม
attic: a room or space just below the roof of a house, often used for storing things - ห้องใต้หลังคา
authentication: verification; the process of checking that something is true or accurate - การพิสูจน์ความจริง, การตรวจสอบความเป็นจริง
career: a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in - อาชีพ
collection: a group of objects, often of the same sort, that have been collected (gathered together over period of time) - การสะสม การเก็บรวบรวม
comparison: the process of comparing two or more people or things - การเปรียบเทียบ
decline: to say politely that you will not accept something or do something - ปฏิเสธที่จะทำ
depict: to represent or show something in a picture or story - พรรณนา, บรรยายให้เห็นภาพ
discover: to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - ค้นพบ
divulge: to give somebody information that is supposed to be secret - เปิดเผยความลับ
forgery: something, for example a document, piece of paper money, etc, that has been copied in order to cheat people - สิ่งที่ปลอมแปลง
genuine: real; honest - แท้
identity: who or what somebody/something is - ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
indicate: to show that something is true, exists or will happen - แสดง, ให้สัญญาณ
landscape: an area of land that is beautiful to look at or that has a particular type of appearance - ภูมิประเทศ, ภูมิทัศน์
master: a person who is very good at something - ปรมาจารย์
museum: a building where objects of historical, scientific or artistic interest are kept - พิพิธภัณฑ์
mystery: not explained or known; secret - ลึกลับ
privacy: the freedom to do things without other people watching you or knowing what you are doing - ความเป็นส่วนตัว
researcher: a person who carriers out a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it - นักวิจัย
sunset: the time of the evening when the sun is no longer seen - พระอาทิตย์ตกดิน
technique: a method of doing something using a special skill that you have developed - เทคนิค, กลวิธี (เฉพาะด้าน)
unique: very special, unusual or good - ที่มีลักษณะพิเศษ เป็นเอกลักษณ์
unveil: to remove a cover or curtain from a painting, statue, etc. so that it can be seen in public for the first time - เอาผ้าคลุมออก