Gallery discovers Van Gogh self-portrait behind different portray

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Consultants on the Nationwide Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh found a self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh they’d beforehand been unaware of, on the again of one other portray they’d been inspecting.

The unknown work had been located behind “Head of a Peasant Woman,” which the artist painted in the course of the winter of 1884-5. Consultants acknowledged the newly discovered work as being a likeness of Van Gogh. Whereas they’re not sure as to when it was painted, they observed that the self-portrait confirmed Van Gogh with each ears – the artist minimize off his personal left ear in 1888. 

“Moments like this are incredibly rare,” stated Nationwide Galleries of Scotland senior curator Frances Fowle. “Now we have found an unknown work by Vincent Van Gogh, probably the most essential and popular artists on the earth.”

Fowle stated it was “thrilling” to seek out such a discovery.

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Senior Conservator Lesley Stevenson views Head of a Peasant Woman alongside an x ray image of the hidden Van Gogh self portrait. A previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered behind another of the artist’s paintings. The National Galleries of Scotland said Thursday it was discovered on the back of Van Gogh’s

Senior Conservator Lesley Stevenson views Head of a Peasant Lady alongside an x ray picture of the hidden Van Gogh self portrait. A beforehand unknown self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh has been found behind one other of the artist’s work. The Nationwide Galleries of Scotland stated Thursday it was found on the again of Van Gogh’s “Head of a Peasant Woman” when consultants took an X-Ray of the canvas forward of an upcoming exhibition. (Neil Hanna by way of AP)

Consultants discovered the self-portrait after they used an x-ray of the canvas of “Head of a Peasant Woman” earlier than it was to be included in an exhibition. They consider it had been lined by glue and cardboard for greater than 100 years because it was framed early within the twentieth century.

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It was widespread for Van Gogh to reuse canvasses by turning them round and portray on the opposite facet as a technique to minimize prices.

Back of Head of a Peasant Woman detail on June 19, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. A previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered behind another of the artist’s paintings. The National Galleries of Scotland said Thursday it was discovered on the back of Van Gogh’s

Again of Head of a Peasant Lady element on June 19, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. A beforehand unknown self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh has been found behind one other of the artist’s work. The Nationwide Galleries of Scotland stated Thursday it was found on the again of Van Gogh’s “Head of a Peasant Woman” when consultants took an X-Ray of the canvas forward of an upcoming exhibition. (Neil Hanna by way of AP)

The important thing now could be for consultants to take away the cardboard and glue to protect the self-portrait with out damaging “Head of a Peasant Woman.”

Guests will be capable to see an x-ray picture of the self-portrait on the exhibit, “A Taste for Impressionism,” at Edinburgh’s Royal Scottish Academy from July 30 to November 13.

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The Related Press contributed to this report.

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