Vincent Van Gogh

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Stolen van Gogh Was Returned in Ikea Bag

Dutch art detective said it had become a 'hot potato' in criminal underworld

(Newser) - A Dutch art detective known as the "Indiana Jones of the art world" has recovered a Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from a museum in Amsterdam during a COVID lockdown in March 2020. In a video posted on Instagram Tuesday, Arthur Brand displayed the 1884 painting Parsonage Garden at ...

Court Tells Museum to Keep Disputed van Gogh for Now

Brazilian collector says he bought the painting in 2017

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has ordered a Detroit museum to hold on to an 1888 painting by Vincent van Gogh amid a Brazilian collector's dispute with the museum over ownership of the painting. Wednesday's order from the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati comes days after...

Sale of Microsoft Co-Founder's Art Smashes Records

It's the most valuable private collection ever auctioned at $1.5B—with 95 lots still to go

(Newser) - Christie's $1 billion estimate of the value of Paul Allen's art collection turned out to be just a bit off. Sixty pieces sold for a combined $1.5 billion on Wednesday in the first of a two-day auction in New York—smashing the $922 million record for the...

Van Gogh Painting Gets a Soup Bath by Climate Activists

'Sunflowers' wasn't harmed after 'Just Stop Oil' protesters vandalized it in London's National Gallery

(Newser) - Let's start off with the good news: The 1888 version of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers is just fine, even after it just got tomato soup dumped all over it. The bad news, at least for the pair of climate activists that carried out the vandalism, is that they'...

Museum Uncovers Van Gogh Self-Portrait

X-ray shows the artist on the flip side of Head of a Peasant Woman

(Newser) - Ownership of Van Gogh's Head of a Peasant Woman comes with a bonus: An X-ray has shown a self-portrait of the artist is on the reverse side of the 1885 canvas. "Such a major discovery happens once, twice in a conservator's lifetime," said Lesley Stevenson, senior...

New Van Gogh Drawing Identified
New Van Gogh
Drawing Identified

New Van Gogh Drawing Identified

The study for 'Worn Out' will be on display at the Van Gogh Museum until 2022

(Newser) - The world has a new Vincent van Gogh work, or at least a newly identified one. A pencil drawing of an old man, determined to be an earlier version of Van Gogh's "Worn Out," has been authenticated by Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum as a work of...

We Owe an Indescribable Debt to van Gogh's Sister-in-Law

Jo van Gogh-Bonger got his paintings out into the world

(Newser) - As the saying goes, "Behind every great man is a great woman"—even if it's not his woman. In a lengthy piece for the New York Times Magazine , Russell Shorto makes the case that this applies to Vincent van Gogh and his sister-in-law, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, whose...

Months Later, Arrest in Brazen Pandemic Art Heists

Man accused of stealing two paintings from two different museums in the Netherlands

(Newser) - More than a year after a Van Gogh was stolen from a shuttered Dutch museum early in the COVID-19 pandemic, an arrest has been made in that case—as well as another art heist that also took place in the Netherlands, at a different museum, months later. A 58-year-old Dutch...

Van Gogh's Deliriums Tied to Alcohol Withdrawal
Van Gogh's Deliriums
Tied to Alcohol Withdrawal

Van Gogh's Deliriums Tied to Alcohol Withdrawal

Forced withdrawal in hospital may have triggered 'unbearable hallucinations'

(Newser) - More than a century after his death, people remain fascinated with Vincent Van Gogh's life, particularly the last few years , which were marked by mental illness. Indeed, a new study focusing on that most-productive period suggests he didn't have schizophrenia but may have been suffering from delirium linked...

Clue to Van Gogh's Final Hours Was Hiding in Plain Sight

Postcard pinpoints the exact place where he painted 'Tree Roots'

(Newser) - The exact location where Vincent van Gogh painted his last work has been pinpointed after being hidden in plain view for years among a tangle of roots next to a rural lane near Paris. Experts say the discovery sheds new light on the anguished painter's mental state on the...

'Proof of Life' Photos of Stolen Van Gogh Emerge

Art detective says thief could be looking for a buyer

(Newser) - The Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from a Dutch museum in March has turned up—in a pair of photographs . The "proof of life" photos show the front and back of the small painting, Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring, next to a copy of the New York Times'...

Only Known Letter by 2 Great Artists Sells for Big Bucks

1888 letter was written weeks before Van Gogh, Gauguin's relationship soured

(Newser) - The Vincent Van Gogh Foundation has purchased the only known letter signed by artists Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin at an auction in Paris. The cost of the four sheets of paper: $237,700, per Reuters . The artists penned the letter to fellow painter Emile Bernard in early November...

Watch an Art Thief in Action
Watch an Art Thief in Action

Watch an Art Thief in Action

It's less sophisticated that you might imagine

(Newser) - All it took was a few sturdy swings with a sledgehammer and a prized painting by Vincent van Gogh was gone, per the AP . A Dutch crime-busting television show has aired security camera footage showing how an art thief smashed his way through reinforced glass doors at a museum in...

Museum Shuttered by Virus 'Shocked' by Theft

Vincent van Gogh painting taken from Singer museum in Laren

(Newser) - A Dutch museum that was closed because of the coronavirus pandemic had a very unwelcome visitor or visitors in the wee hours of Monday morning: a thief or thieves who made off with a Vincent van Gogh painting. The Independent reports the 1884 work, Spring Garden, was taken around 3:...

Van Gogh Painting Deemed Authentic: 'a Cry of Anguish'

1889 self-portrait said to be only piece the Dutch artist created while suffering from psychosis

(Newser) - Vincent Van Gogh was never known for sure to have painted any pieces when he suffered from psychosis—until now. On Monday, art experts declared that a dour self-portrait hanging in Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, a painting that's been the subject of much speculation for 50 years, is...

You Know His Name. Now Meet His $183K 'Suicide Gun'

Revolver linked to Vincent Van Gogh has a new owner

(Newser) - Someone just paid six figures for a corroded gun that almost certainly doesn't shoot. But then, the point of having "the most famous weapon in the history of art” isn't to use it—as Vincent Van Gogh allegedly did, fatally. The 7mm Lefaucheux revolver sold at a...

Discovery Sheds Light on Van Gogh's Life

House renovation reveals prayer book and insurance policies

(Newser) - Renovation on a south London house where Vincent van Gogh once lived has unearthed documents that could fill in gaps in the artist's life. The papers include insurance policies and an 1867 prayer book, the Guardian reports. Van Gogh lived in the house for only a bit more than...

Number of Vincent Van Gogh Photographs Cut in Half

Image long believed to show famous artist is actually his brother

(Newser) - The number of verified photos of painter Vincent van Gogh just got cut in half. New research suggests that a photo of a boy heretofore believed to show Vincent at age 13 actually portrays his brother, the then-15-year-old Theo van Gogh, the Telegraph reports. That leaves just one photo of...

Fla. Couple Wins Fight With City Over Starry Night House

Mount Dora cited pair, told them they had to paint over Van Gogh tribute

(Newser) - A Florida mayor must apologize to a couple fined thousands of dollars for having their home's exterior painted to emulate a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece. The Mount Dora City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday that Lubomir Jastrzebski and Nancy Nemhauser can keep the blue-and-yellow paint swirled on their walls in...

There's a Dead Body Hiding in 1889 Van Gogh
There's a Dead Body
Hiding in 1889 Van Gogh
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There's a Dead Body Hiding in 1889 Van Gogh

It belongs to an unlucky grasshopper

(Newser) - Painting outdoors allowed Vincent Van Gogh a firsthand look at the landscapes that would become the subjects of his masterpieces. But the routine wasn't without, well, pests. As part of a study of 104 paintings from France, conservator Mary Schafer at Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently...

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