A Van Gogh Painting Has Been Unveiled for the First Time Since It Was Painted in 1887

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March 8, 2021

Grace Ebert

“Street scene in Montmartre (Impasse des Deux Frères and pepper mill)” (1887), oil on canvas, 46.1 x 61.3 centimeters. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

After more than a century in a private collection, one of Vincent van Gogh’s works of art was shown to the public for the first time since the Dutch artist’s painting in the spring of 1887. “Street Scene in Montmartre (Impasse des Deux Frères and the Pepper Mill)” shows a couple walking outside an entertainment center in Paris on a windy day. Full of color and vitality, the landscape marks van Gogh’s turn towards his unmistakable Impressionist style.

Before the auction there was only a small black and white photo from 1972 of the painting, which is reminiscent of some of the artist’s other works. The lively street is believed to be the same as that in the “Impasse des Deux Frères” currently hanging in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, similarly displaying a mill and flags promoting cabaret and the bar through the gates . According to The Art Newspaper, there is speculation about how the family preserved the “street scene in Montmartre” considering that many of Van Gogh’s artwork at the time were donated to his brother Theo.

In anticipation of COVID-19 precautions, work is scheduled for short exhibitions in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Paris in March.

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