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A recently discovered work by Vincent van Gogh is now being publicly exhibited at the Amsterdam Museum for the first time bearing the name of the Dutch master.

A spokesman for the Van Gogh Museum told Granthshala News: “The Study for ‘Warn Out’ is an early study for 1882’s ‘Warn Out’, one of the most powerful portrait paintings of van Gogh’s period in The Hague. ”


From the style of the sketch to the materials used – a thick carpenter’s pencil and thick watercolor paper – the drawing is consistent with van Gogh’s Hague drawings. There are even marks of damage on the back, adding to the artwork the way van Gogh used sticks of starch to attach a sheet of paper to a drawing board.

Emily Gordon, director of the Van Gogh Museum, told Granthshala News that the piece is a must-see for American tourists: “As a center of expertise devoted to the work of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries, we are delighted by the discovery and our The experts are very happy to contribute to the field. It is rare enough to attribute a new work to van Gogh. We are proud to be able to share this early drawing and its story with our visitors.”

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The art comes from a time in the virtuoso’s career when he was working to hone his skills as a painter of people and painted them over and over again.

The work shows how, in practicing his craft as a young artist, Van Gogh faced an uncomfortable truth: only true honing of skill leads to mastery.

The work is not for sale and its price is immeasurable: “The Van Gogh Museum never comments on the value of works by Van Gogh. We are not an art institution that sells artworks. We are purely art-historical Interested in value works.”

The piece of art shows a man – old and hairless – seated, propped forward in a wooden chair, his tired head in hands.

The museum continued: “The model for drawing regularly appears in the work of van Gogh, who drew the bald, elderly man more than forty times. In these paintings, the artist expressed not only his sympathy for the socially disadvantaged displayed, but also attracted. Heed them, for they were in no way inferior to the wealthy bourgeoisie for him.”

Van Gogh, who had made little profit while alive, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 29, 1890.

The inspiration for the piece resonates with the outcome of his working life. “In the autumn of 1882, van Gogh tried to make some of his figure studies more expressive, to hold them to a higher standard. ‘Warn Out’ is one of the most concrete examples of this. Studies for this drawing The discovery allows us to closely follow the process leading up to the powerful image,” the museum said.

Detail of the study for the drawing "Warned Out" by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh, dated 1882, on public display for the first time at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, 16 September 2021.

The young painter gave the paintings an English title to gain recognition for the name and possibly a job in an illustrated magazine.

Even the model’s pants seem to conform to the English title – a patch is clearly visible on the right leg.

The museum said: “Warn Out is one of Van Gogh’s strongest portrait paintings from the Hague period. In letters to his brother Theo and to his friend Anthon van Rappard, van Gogh described the origins of the drawing in detail, but he The studies mentioned were yet to be discovered. The study’s search for ‘warned out’ now gives us an interesting insight into this work process. Especially in the final version on which the lithograph was based, Van Gogh looked at his model from a different angle, had he adopted a different posture to add more emotional expression. That being said, the study remains a spectacular, powerful portrait by Van Gogh, who stands alone.”

The work was hidden in plain sight: in a private collection.

“The study for Warn Out was submitted to the Van Gogh Museum for certification research some time ago. The Van Gogh Museum has acknowledged the authenticity of the drawing, and has drafted a report for the owner. Examination of this drawing Will be published in the visual arts magazine The Burlington Magazine in October, and the picture has been on display at the museum since last Friday.”

The reasons behind the sudden discovery are a mystery. “Nothing was known about the painting before I came to the museum,” the museum said. “However, it is possible to infer from Van Gogh’s papers that two studies were preceded by a ‘warned out’ drawing, one with a different model. The drawing was not discovered, but neither of the same model.” Along was another: a lot of Van Gogh’s initially drawn oeuvre is simply lost. So it was a surprising surprise when one of the two studies proved not to be actually lost, only to have been hidden for so long. “

Detail of the study for the drawing "Warned Out" by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh, dated 1882, on public display for the first time at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, 16 September 2021.

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“Study for the Worn Out” will be on display on the first floor of the Van Gogh Museum’s permanent collection until January. Visitors will be able to view the drawing with reference to other works by van Gogh from the same period – all of them from the Van Gogh Museum collection – including the drawing “Warned Out”.

After the exhibition closes, the drawing, including its new frame, will be returned to the owner, who remains anonymous.

The work is a far cry from the vibrant oil paintings of sunflowers and vases of French landscapes, which eventually – after his death in 1890 – transformed Van Gogh into one of the world’s most famous artists, whose works fetched astronomical prices at auction. have received.

Teo Meidendorp, senior researcher at the Van Gogh Museum, told Granthshala News: “Showing the study for ‘Warned Out’ in the context of these other works gives us a special insight into van Gogh’s work process. What’s more, the study is a very It’s a great, powerful drawing that stands on its own.”