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Monday, September 9, 2013 - 9:58am
More than 120 years after Vincent van Gogh's death, a new painting by the Dutch master has come to light.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which holds the largest collection of the artist's work, announced Monday the discovery of the newly identified painting, a landscape titled "Sunset at Montmajour."
"A discovery of this magnitude has never before occurred in the history of the Van Gogh Museum," the museum's director, Axel Ruger, said in a statement.
Van Gogh is believed to have completed the relatively large painting in 1888, two years before his death and during "a period that is considered by many to be the culmination of his artistic achievement," Ruger said.
The picture depicts a landscape in the vicinity of Arles in the south of France, where Van Gogh was working at that time, the museum said.
Ruger said the museum attributed the painting to Van Gogh after "extensive research into style, technique, paint, canvas, the depiction, Van Gogh's letters and the provenance."
Starting September 24, it will appear in "Van Gogh At Work," an exhibition currently on show at the museum in Amsterdam.