New discovery

The Van Gogh Museum has discovered a new drawing by Vincent van Gogh.

It is only the eighth time that a new drawing can be added to the Van Gogh's oeuvre since the standard catalogue of his work was published in 1970. Old man and woman dates from late 1882, some two years after Van Gogh decided to become an artist. He soon developed a preference for drawing people, and found willing models in the residents of the Old men and women's institution in The Hague, with whom he first came into contact in September 1882. 

The old man with white sideburns in this sketch also features in other drawings by Van Gogh. In addition to its subject, the attribution to Van Gogh is also based on the materials used in the drawing and its provenance, which can be traced back to the period of Van Gogh's life. Relatives of the current owner were given the drawing in 1914 as a wedding present by Helene Kröller-Müller, who also purchased many paintings and drawings by Van Gogh for her own collection.

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Old man and woman, 1882, private collection

An extensive article about this find was published in The Burlington Magazine of February 2008 (pages 106-109).

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