An art collector, who founded the New York Academy of Art alongside Andy Warhol in 1979, said he has found a long-lost Vincent van Gogh painting while at an auction in the countryside outside of Paris.
New York collector Stuart Pivar said he rediscovered the painting, “Auvers, 1890,” in mint-condition, signed by “Vincent” on the back. Pivar has described this discovery as a “the greatest art find in 100 years.”
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“We consider this to be the find of the century,” Pivar said. “What is amazing is this painting has never been touched: It is still in its original stretcher. You would never ever see a painting from this period that hasn’t gone through some kind of restoration.”
If the work is authenticated, the 36” by 36” painting would be both van Gogh’s largest painting, as well as the only painting he created in a square format. The painting was likely created during the last two months of van Gogh’s life, while he lived in Auvers and painted over 70 pieces before he died by suicide in July 1890.
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