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  • New York collector Stuart Pivar said he rediscovered the Vincent van Gogh painting, “Auvers, 1890,” in mint condition.
  • Pivar founded the New York Academy of Art alongside Andy Warhol in 1979.
  • The painting is being sent to the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam for authentication.

An art collector, who founded the New York Academy of Art alongside Andy Warhol in 1979, said he has found a long-lost Vincent van Gogh painting while at an auction in the countryside outside of Paris.

New York collector Stuart Pivar said he rediscovered the painting, “Auvers, 1890,” in mint condition, signed by “Vincent” on the back. Pivar has described this discovery as a “the greatest art find in 100 years.”

“We consider this to be the find of the century,” Pivar said. “What is amazing is this painting has never been touched: It is still in its original stretcher. You would never ever see a painting from this period that hasn’t gone through some kind of restoration.”


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The van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has asked Pivar to send them the painting so that it can be authenticated, sending him an email, stating, “We have sent you an e-mail a few days ago that due to COVID-19 the museum and offices are closed and therefore it is also unable to do an authentication request. We have decided to make an exception for you.” 

The van Gogh Museum only authenticates a handful of paintings each year.

Born in the Netherlands, van Gogh posthumously went on to become one of the most influential painters of all time, famous for his post-impressionist paintings.

If the work is authenticated, the 36” by 36” painting would be both van Gogh’s largest painting, as well as the only painting he created in a square format. The painting was likely created during the last two months of van Gogh’s life, while he lived in Auvers and painted more than 70 pieces before he died by suicide in July 1890 at age 37.


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Published on May 21, 2021