Ex­perts dis­agree on au­then­tic­ity of new Van Gogh sketches

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Art ex­perts are dis­agree­ing as to whether a book of pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished draw­ings re­ported to be by Dutch mas­ter Vin­cent Van Gogh is au­then­tic or fake. The book, "The Lost Ar­les Sketch­book," col­lated by emi­nent Cana­dian art his­to­rian Bo­gomila Welsh Ovcharov, is be­ing pub­lished in­ter­na­tion­ally after re­port­edly be­ing found in the south­ern French city of Ar­les near a ho­tel where Van Gogh used to stay.

Welsh-Ovcharov said the sketches ap­peared in an ac­count book be­long­ing to Mis­ter and Mis­sus Gi­noux, own­ers of the "Cafe de la Gare," to whom Van Gogh gave nu­mer­ous works. "I started to look through all the draw­ings and each one had his fin­ger­print," she said, call­ing it an "OMG mo­ment" at Tues­day's press con­fer­ence in Paris.

Ac­cord­ing to the Univer­sity of Toronto web­site, Welsh-Ovcharov has taught art his­tory for 25 years and has cre­ated sev­eral Van Gogh ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing one at the Musee d'Or­say in Paris. How­ever, Am­s­ter­dam's Van Gogh Mu­seum Di­rec­tor Axel Ruger says its ex­perts have been aware of these draw­ings since 2008 and after ex­am­i­na­tion they have re­peat­edly con­cluded that the pre­vi­ously-un­known sketches are com­plete fakes. The mu­seum said the draw­ings don't re­flect Van Gogh's devel­op­ment at the time. He says the draw­ings use orig­i­nal brown­ish ink when Van Gogh used only black or pur­ple ink that only later ap­peared brown be­cause of age. The mu­seum also said its ex­perts deemed the draw­ing style "mo­not­o­nous, clumsy, and spir­it­less" with ba­sic to­po­graphic er­rors.

Art his­to­rian and Van Gogh spe­cial­ist Bo­gomila Welsh-Ovcharov poses with the book ‘Vin­cent Van Gogh The lost Ar­les Sketch­book’, dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held in Paris, France. — AP pho­tos

Copies of the book ti­tled ‘Vin­cent Van Gogh The lost Ar­les Sketch­book’ are dis­played.

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