October 16, 2021

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For the first time, they showcased a hitherto unknown work by Vincent Van Gogh

The work, which depicts a seated man exhausted, has been in the private collection of a Dutch family for more than a century.

A newly discovered drawing of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was made available on Friday for the first time in a museum in Amsterdam that specializes in the artist’s work.

The work, which depicts a seated man exhausted, has been in the private collection of a Dutch family for more than a century. The BBC reported that experts from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam confirmed her authenticity.

The drawing dates from the end of 1882 – from the beginning of the artist’s career – and is a preparatory drawing for a work drawn by the painter shortly thereafter and which is now in the museum’s collection under the name “Exhausted”.

The public will be able to view the drawing until January 2 next year, after which they will return the work to its owners.

Small carpenter’s pencil drawing on rough watercolor paper, dimensions 48.8 x 30 cm, signed “Vincent”. The picture shows an elderly worker sitting on a wooden chair with his head in his hands.

“No one has seen this picture anywhere before. This is the first time it has been made public,” said art expert Theo Midendorp of the Van Gogh Museum.

Van Gogh drew the painting at the age of twenty-nine when he was living in The Hague and was still learning to draw.

The announcement of the discovery comes six months after a Van Gogh painting of a Parisian street was shown. This work has also been hidden from the public eye for more than 100 years.

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The painting, titled “The Street View of Montmartre”, has been owned by a French family for most of the time since the work was created in 1887. It was auctioned for €13 million in March.