New Van Gogh paintings are not discovered often. In 2013 Sunset at Montmajour was authenticated as a genuine Van Gogh.

This was the first time since 1928 that a full size Van Gogh painting was discovered. And it wasn’t actually a discovery. The painting had been dismissed a a real Van Gogh in the 1990s.

Today 134 years ago, on 5 July 1888,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Arles:

"Yesterday, at sunset, I was on a stony heath where very small, twisted oaks grow, in the background a ruin on the hill, and wheatfields in the valley. It was romantic, it couldn’t be more so, à la Monticelli, the sun was pouring its very yellow rays over the bushes and the ground, absolutely a shower of gold.”

Sunset at Montmajour
Arles, 1888
Oil on canvas
73,3 cm × 93,3 cm
Private collection

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