Greek Claims 'Last' Van Gogh

Work said to be 'liberated' from Nazis billed as third portrait of Dr. Gachet
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 6:35 PM CDT
Greek Claims 'Last' Van Gogh
The first portrait of Dr. Gachet is seen in this undated file photo.   (Wikimedia Commons)

A painting under examination in Greece is being billed as the last work of Vincent van Gogh, the Guardian reports. Seized by the Nazis from French Jews, then "liberated" by Greek resistance fighters in 1944, the work appears to be a third portrait of van Gogh’s physician, Dr. Gachet—though a notebook found with the portrait has been dismissed as not van Gogh's.

"It has gone through so many laboratory analyses that I am 100% convinced it is a Vincent van Gogh," said one Paris art historian studying the work. With the identity of its pre-Nazi owners kept secret, and no one laying claim to it, the daughter of the Greek fighter stands to make a fortune from the painting, valued at $100 million. (Read more Vincent Van Gogh stories.)

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