Vincent van Gogh’s long lost masterpiece ‘discovered’ by New York art collector

Art collector and luminary who founded the New York Academy of Art with Andy Warhol in 1979, says he rediscovered a long-lost masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh at a country auction obscure.

New York collector Stuart Pivar has declared that the painting “Auvers, 1890” – in its original condition and signed on the back by “Vincent” – is a “unique find”. And the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam requested that he send it to them for immediate authentication.

The piece, if genuine, was probably painted in the last two months of the famous artist’s life. Van Gogh committed suicide in a wheat field in July 1890 – possibly in one of the fields that appears in the painting, according to Pivar.

Van Gogh obsessively painted over 70 works in the last two months of his life in Auvers, on the outskirts of Paris.


Pivar said: “This is what we consider to be the greatest art discovery in 100 years. It is the largest painting ever made by Van Gogh. [and] the only one he has ever made in a square format. He is on his way to the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam as they have asked to see and authenticate him.

“We consider this to be the find of the century. What is amazing is that this painting has never been touched: it is still in its original stretcher. You would never see a painting by this period which did not go through a kind of restoration.

“The French say it’s ‘In its own juice’: in its original juice, in its original condition. This is the rarity of this piece.”

An email sent from the van Gogh Museum in Pivar, seen by Page Six, states: “We sent you an email a few days ago stating that due to COVID-19 the museum and offices are closed. and that he is therefore also unable to request authentication. “However,” We have decided to make an exception for you. “The museum accepts to authenticate only a few paintings per year.


The painting, signed and dated 1890, is a square panorama of the Auvers valley, showing its mosaic of wheat fields cut in two by a railway line. It also bears the label of Jonas Netter, one of the most influential collectors of the early 20th century, who discovered Amedeo Modigliani.

If authenticated, the 36 “by 36” work would be van Gogh’s largest painting and his only painting in a square format.

Stuart Pivar says the painting “Auvers, 1890” is in its original condition and signed on the back by “Vincent”. If authenticated, the 36 “by 36” work would be van Gogh’s largest painting and his only painting in a square format, according to Page Six. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh / FilmMagic)

Pivar, 90, who is also a plastic chemistry scientist, is a voracious collector of important paintings by Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazquez, Ribera, Goya, Watteau and Picasso, among others.

He launched his own investigation into the alleged van Gogh, with the help of Michael Mezzatesta, alumnus of the Kimball Museum in Fort Worth and director emeritus of the Duke University Museum of Art.

Mezzatesta’s commentary on the work states: “The painting is in immaculate original condition, painted on coarse burlap consistent with those used by Van Gogh at the end of his career. -th century nails.

“The reverse of the canvas bears the signature ‘Vincent’ in a very believable hand and what seems to me the date ‘1890’ rendered in fugitive walnut brown ink typical of many van Gogh drawings.

“The label on the back of the stretcher was another revelation as it is listed as the property of Jonas Netter, a great collector in Paris in the early decades of the 20th century.


“The back of the canvas bears the numbers ‘2726’ (a possible inventory number?) In white chalk. The presence of a hitherto unidentified wax seal on the stretcher provides a further clue.”

Pivar is shy about the work’s provenance and previous ownership, saying he purchased the piece three months ago along with a small group of other works of art.

He said: “The origin of this photo is from people who don’t want to be identified. It comes from an obscure auction in North America. The people involved are not artists, and I have promised them not to reveal who they are. . At some point, the story might emerge due to the importance of the image. “

Pivar spends much of his time searching for art in dark places and underground markets. “I track things down and look at anything that is obscure. I go through all available sources.”

He added, to put it mildly, “It’s the only major artistic discovery made in our lifetime, other than the occasional Caravaggio or something like that.”

“Although I’m used to taking possession of colossal things [artworks], when I unboxed this, I was at a loss for words, in absolute shock, to the point that I felt electric waves rush through my body. “

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Norma D. Ross