New revelations about Vincent van Gogh in 'Van Gogh Studies 4'

Surprising research results made public in Van Gogh: New Findings

21 June 2012

Researchers at the Van Gogh Museum have found a previously unknown letter by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). There are also new clues as to which of his paintings was his last. These discoveries, along with other new insights into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh are described in the book Van Gogh: New Findings, the fourth volume in the Van Gogh Studies series. This book will be presented on Thursday 21 June at the Van Gogh Museum.

Van Gogh: New Findings shows how much we still have to learn about Van Gogh and his art, with ten articles on wide-ranging subjects. One offers a new interpretation of Van Gogh’s painting Tree roots (1890), arguing that this was the artist’s final work, and not the better-known painting Wheatfield with crows. The previously unknown Van Gogh letter dates from 26 October 1872, when he worked for an art dealer, and is the second earliest known letter written by Vincent. It was discovered in an archive in the province of North Brabant. Another article shows that Van Gogh and his brother lived in a different apartment at Rue Lepic 54 in Paris than was previously believed.

Van Gogh Studies
Van Gogh Studies is an English-language series of peer-reviewed scholarly works published under the auspices of an international board of editors and the Van Gogh Museum. The series alternates collections of scholarly articles with monographs on Vincent van Gogh, his life and work, and the art of his time.

Van Gogh: New Findings, vol. 4 in the series Van Gogh Studies, 280 pages, 120 illustrations, WBOOKS, Zwolle, ISBN 978 90 400 0714 9, €45.

The newly discovered letter is incorporated into the online edition of Van Gogh’s correspondence (, as letter 1a.

Vincent van Gogh, Tree roots, 1890, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

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