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PostSubject: Van Gogh work 'by another artist'   Fri Aug 03, 2007 7:56 am

Van Gogh work 'by another artist'

The painting was first brought to Australia in 1939
A painting long thought to be by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh has been proven to be the work of another artist, an Australian gallery has announced.
The painting, entitled Head of a Man, has been owned by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne since 1940 and had been valued at around 10.5m.

But after a series of tests, experts in Amsterdam concluded it was most likely to have been painted by a contemporary.

The artwork depicts a curly-haired, bearded man against a brown background.

In a statement released on Friday, gallery director Gerard Vaughan said the piece had been accepted as a Van Gogh for more than 10 years before the gallery bought it.

"The reattribution of paintings is part of the daily life in any major gallery," he said.

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The painting was taken to Australia in 1939 by the late newspaper publisher Keith Murdoch, father of media mogul Rupert, as part of a travelling exhibition.

It became stranded in the country after the outbreak of World War II and was purchased by the National Gallery of Victoria for A$4,000 (1,680).

Doubts over its authenticity surfaced last August when it went on show at the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Critics said the 1886 work differed in style to other Van Goghs of the period and was not mentioned in any of the artist's correspondence.

After the exhibition, the painting was sent to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam for verification.

Mr Vaughan said he wished to make it clear the painting was not a forgery and had merely been misattributed.

"There is no evidence to suggest someone produced this picture... to pass it off as a work by Van Gogh," he said.


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PostSubject: Re: Van Gogh work 'by another artist'   Fri Aug 03, 2007 9:20 am

Do they actually like the painting.. or is it all about the artist?
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PostSubject: Re: Van Gogh work 'by another artist'   Sun Aug 05, 2007 8:10 am

I think it's more about it being a van gogh... sometimes the name is more important than the work.
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PostSubject: Re: Van Gogh work 'by another artist'   Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:30 am

I personally think that's kinda sad.. it's just weird that it's not the painting itself that makes it good but the one painting it.. so even if it's the most ugly painting ever it'll be worth 4 million dollars..
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PostSubject: Re: Van Gogh work 'by another artist'   Sat Dec 01, 2007 8:03 am

Yup. It's the statement a man can make. Why he's so famous about his paintings, no one really knows. Not because it's beautiful and stuff. Everyone knows Van Gogh and f.e. no one knows Pim Boersma. So which one has the high value? A painting everyone wants to have Smile
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