Saturday, August 17, 2019

Two Van Gogh works no longer considered genuine

Time flies. More than four years since my last blog posting. Apologies. In any event, lately I've been following up on Van Gogh art works that are suspect or that have been rejected out right. In some cases it turns out that the works have been rejected years ago and that I'm just finding out about it now.

The following two works are now no longer considered genuine Van Goghs:

  • Yellow-headed Parrot (F14)
  • A Group of Cottages with Two Women in the Foreground (F1640a)

The parrot works is a drawing that the Van Gogh Museum rejected in their catalogue Vincent van Gogh. Paintings. Volume 1 (1999). The second work, a drawing, was also rejected by the Van Gogh Museum in the 1990s. Both works have been removed from my website.

There are a number of other works that I'm following up on, but that's proving to be challenging because the museums that own the disputed art works aren't very reliable in terms of replying to my queries. The Detroit Institute of Arts, for example. I'll keep at it.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

2015: An Exciting Van Gogh Year

2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh's death. A number of exciting exhibitions and events are happening throughout Europe this year. In my mind the most exciting exhibition is Van Gogh in the Borinage, From 25 January to 17 May at the Beaux-Arts Mons in Mons, Belgium. 66 paintings and drawings will be on display, many rarely seen in public, in an extraordinary exhibition focusing on Van Gogh's early years as an artist when he lived in the mining region of Belgium. For more information on this and other events please visit:

Van Gogh Europe

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Time to visit Japan

Hello, all: Sorry for not posting in so long. Just a brief note to say that another painting has moved from a private collection to a public museum. Always good news. Peasant Woman Laundering can now be found at the Hikaru Museum in Takayama, Japan. A lovely early painting from the Nuenen period--unusual for its brighter colours.

I visited Takayama years ago and remember it as a wonderful city. I'll have to visit again and see this lovely painting.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Good news for Coloradans

The new year brings good news for people living in the Centennial State. A public museum in Colorado has acquired its first Van Gogh work:

Edge of a Wheatfield with Poppies

Visit the Denver Art Museum to see this lovely work from Van Gogh's Paris period.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Two private collection paintings donated to museums

Good news for Van Gogh aficionados as two rarely seen Van Gogh paintings have been donated to public museums. See details in the "In the News" section.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

New Van Gogh Painting Unveiled

Today I posted information about the new Van Gogh painting that was presented at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam last month:

Coincidentally I was the at the Van Gogh Museum the very morning of the press conference. I was in Amsterdam on holidays which would later take me to Berlin, Norway and Iceland. I wish that I'd had the chance to see the new painting with my own eyes--probably the only chance I'll get. But it was decided that I not be asked to join the press conference unfortunately.