Van Gogh Museum Discovers the Dutch Master’s 1886 Drawing

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Van Gogh Museum was in the news of late having received 2,260,000 visitors in 2017. The museum named after the Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh, was last year’s topmost visited museum in the Netherlands. Only days into the milestone achievement, Van Gogh Museum researchers has now come up with a new discovery of the artist’s paintings that extends the oeuvre of the ‘Christ of the Coal Mines’. Many take a private Van Gogh Museum tour to explore the private collections of the museum, which now includes one more artwork or rather two.

Van Gogh’s 1886 drawing titled ‘The Hill of Montmartre with Stone Quarry,’ is now a Van Gogh Museum heirloom. The drawing was previously a Van Vlissingen Art Foundation collection passed through generations for a century. By making the discovery, the research from the museum in Amsterdam alludes to the fact that the drawing was entrusted to J.H. de Bois way back in 1911 by Theo van Gogh’s widow Johanna van Gogh-Bonger. In 1917, the Dutch art dealer sold ‘The Hill of Montmartre with Stone Quarry,’ and then it vanished from the view somehow.

Senior researcher in Van Gogh Museum Teio Meedendorp now says that an art advisor who works with J.H. de Bois’s family discovered the drawing. Suspecting it could be drawn by Vincent Van Gogh, the advisor sent it to Van Gogh Museum for a research on it. Meedendorp and team examined the drawing further and attribute that its style quotient, subject, technique, size and materials still resonates with the Dutch Master’s touch.

“The paper is the same type, size, and has the same watermark that Van Gogh used in his early drawings in Paris,” said Meedendorp speaking on the unexpected discovery to the press. “This led us to believe that [the drawing] is really by Van Gogh.”

The attribution of the researcher caused Van Gogh Museum to revisit the source of ‘The Hill of Montmartre’ (1886), which the museum has in collections. The museum dismissed the fact that Van Gogh drew it in the past due to lack of source for comparison, but that decision has been reversed since a companion piece exists.

“It is fantastic news that two drawings can now be definitively be added to Van Gogh’s oeuvre,” said Axel Rüger the director of Van Gogh Museum. Both of the drawings will be on display in “Impressionism and Beyond. A Wonderful Journey,” exhibit at the Singer Laren Museum on loan.