A drawing of Van Gogh, which was kept in a private Dutch collection for more than a hundred years, was shown for the first time to the public, last Thursday, at the Artist Museum in Amsterdam.
“This is the first time that this work has been presented to the public,” Theo Midendorp, an official at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, told AFP. It has never been shown anywhere else,” explaining that it is “part of a special Dutch collection in which it has been preserved for a long time and is the first time we have been able to see it.”
It is a small sketch in pen made in November 1882 at the beginning of the painter’s career in the Netherlands, a period about which little is known and of which there is growing interest.
This work, titled “A Sketch of the Exhausted Villager,” shows an old, tired and sad villager sitting with a hunched back on a wooden chair with his head in his hands. The museum has another similar drawing in its collections under the name “Exhausted Villager”.
The owners of the painting, a Dutch family who bought it in 1910, resorted to the museum to confirm the authenticity of its lineage after an appeal made by the Foundation to collectors to enrich the digital database and the museum’s record. And health experts confirmed its ancestry to Van Gogh, which is a “very rare” event, according to the museum’s director, Emily Gordenker.