Researchers at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum made the sensational discovery.
Vincent van Gogh’s The Hill of Montmartre with Stone Quarry (1886). Photo courtesy of the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation.
Vincent van Gogh‘s oeuvre just got a little bigger. A previously unknown drawing has been attributed to the Dutch master by researchers at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. In a double-Dutch twist, the discovery has led to the authentification of second Van Gogh drawing.
The newly discovered drawing, titled The Hill of Montmartre with Stone Quarry (1886), has been in the privately owned Van Vlissingen collection for more than 100 years, passed down through generations. By reconstructing its provenance, researchers discovered that the drawing was consigned to the Dutch art dealer J.H. de Bois in 1911 by Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, the widow of Van Gogh’s brother Theo. Six years later, in 1917, de Bois sold it and it disappeared from view.