Very rare Van Gogh painting to go up for sale

newly rediscovered and ‘very rare‘ oil painting by beloved Dutch Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh will go on sale at the TEFAF art fair in New York City this October for $US2.4 million (£1.97 million).

Held in a private French collection since 1970, ‘View of the New church and old houses in the Hague’ (1883) was purchased by art dealer Bob Albricht this summer for an undisclosed sum. The painting went off the radar for some 50 years after the French collector passed it on to his descendants. Only a handful of art connoisseurs were aware that it even existed.

Van Gogh spent time in The Hague, Netherlands between 1883-1885 where he painted the New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) and the surrounding houses. Measuring just 35.5 x 26cm, ‘View of the New church’ is a compact work but is considered typical of the artist’s early oeuvre and the colour palette he used at the time.

According to Albricht, the discovery of such a work in a private collection is virtually unprecedented. “The chance that you encounter such a painting is nil“, he said. The rediscovery of ‘View of the New church’ follows news of the recent recovery of two paintings by Van Gogh, which were stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002.

Albricht’s art gallery, Kunstgalerij Albricht, will be offering the rediscovered Van Gogh for sale at the TEFAF art fair, which runs from 22-26 October 2016.

One thought on “Very rare Van Gogh painting to go up for sale

  1. Guy Stair Sainty says:

    Oh dear, another supposed “masterpiece” by Van Gogh when he could barely paint – unfortunately the artist’s name is sufficient to envelope him in a cocoon of genius that implies every work created by his hand must be lauded and viewed with respect and awe. This merely serves to sow confusion in the minds of a public which is not ignorant, which is capable of discerning merit and yet which must somehow compromise a natural instinct that tells them many of these early paintings by the artist are total rubbish with wholly undeserved reverence for the latest “discovery”. Van Gogh struggled as a young man, and it was not until he arrived in Paris that his work really began to take on a truly individual character. But had he died in December 1885 he would have probably been forgotten as there was nothing much to remember – he only really shows his genius in the latter 1880s, and in just four short years produced all the great works we admire today. If these do shine some reflected light upon his earlier work it is only to demonstrate their inadequacy.


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