A drawing of Van Gogh that has been in a private Dutch collection for more than 100 years was shown for the first time to the public Thursday at the Artist’s Museum in Amsterdam.
“It is the first time that this work has been presented to the public. It has never been shown anywhere else,” Theo Midendorp, an official at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, told AFP. We can see it.”
It is a small sketch in pen that was done in November 1882 at the beginning of the painter’s career in the Netherlands, a period about which little is known and of increasing interest.
This work, titled “A Sketch of the Exhausted Villager,” shows an old, exhausted and sad villager sitting with a hunched back on a wooden chair with his head in his hands. The museum has another similar drawing in its collections under the name “Exhausted Villager”.
The owners of the painting, a Dutch family who bought it in 1910, resorted to the museum to confirm the authenticity of its lineage after an appeal launched by the Foundation to collectors to enrich the digital database and the museum’s record.
Authenticity experts confirmed that it was attributed to Van Gogh, which is a “very rare” event, according to museum director Emily Gordenker.
“We are honored to share this drawing from the beginnings of (Van Gogh) and its history with our visitors,” she said. This work will remain on display in the museum until January 2, before returning it to the family who loaned it and preferred to keep their identity confidential.