A self-portrait of Van Gogh discovered in Scotland

Van Gogh self-portrait discovered in Scotland

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A self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh was discovered on the back of another painting by the Dutch painter by a Scottish museum, which rejoiced on Thursday at an “incredibly rare” find.  

The 'incredible' discovery was made possible after an X-ray study of Van Gogh's 1885 painting 'Portrait of a Peasant Woman', ahead of an exhibition in Edinburgh dedicated to impressionism.

The portrait was discovered on the back of the work, covered by layers of glue and cardboard which, it seems, had been added before an exhibition at the beginning of the 20th century century.

“When we first saw the radio, of course we were super excited,” says Lesley Stevenson, curator at the museum.

“Such moments are incredibly rare,” said Frances Fowle, curator at the National Galleries of Scotland. “We have discovered an unknown work by Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most important and popular artists in the world.”

Vincent Van Gogh is known for reusing canvases to save money. silver. 

The self-portrait shows a seated bearded man with a hat and scarf around his neck. His left ear – which the painter cut off in 1888 – is clearly visible.

At the exhibition, which will be held from July 30 to November 13, visitors will be able to admire the work, reproduced by the x-ray. 

The museum is now considering how to remove the glue and separate the two works without damaging them.