Art news is all a-buzz about a painting that had been thought to be a worthless fake and stored for decades in the attic of a Norwegian home. It has now been identified as an authentic painting by Vincent Van Gogh.
After extensive research, Sunset at Montmajour, is now considered worth millions instead of being fodder for a yard sale. Alex Reuger, director of the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam (who seems to be almost hyperventilating in this photo) said, "A discovery of this magnitude has never before occurred."
Van Gogh apparently wasn't thrilled with this painting of a sunset, trees and sky. According to an Associated Press report, he made reference to it in a few letters written the summer of 1888 when he created the work. He thought the painting flawed.
Yet people are suddenly enthralled with its story, the name, who touched it. So what changed? It's still a muddy, poorly composed painting. It's probably the result of a bad day with the paint brush, with the sun setting too fast, maybe a bothersome wind and I'll bet there are dead bugs stuck in the paint. Vincent didn't like it. Neither did anyone else until now. The emperor is still naked.
However, this was the same summer he created his masterpiece, Sunflowers.
And one of my very favorites, the Langlois Bridge at Arles with Women Washing.
I guess my take-away is to Keep on Trying. With every effort something is learned.
And for quality control, burn the bad ones.