La Crau with a View of Montmajour

La Crau with a View of Montmajour


07/03/2019 11:19 pm




Czech art restorer Jiri Lauterkranc has been studying a painting called “La Crau with a View of Montmajour” for three years. He and his colleague at InsightART used a combination of a specialist X-ray scanner and traditional methods to analyse the painting. Lauterkranc believes the it is a genuine Vincent Van Gogh and is sending evidence to the Van Gogh Foundation for final verification.
The image illustrate some of the different analysis InsightART has used (from left):

1: “La Crau with a View of Montmajour” painting signed Vincent and possibly a Vincent Van Gogh, oil on canvas

2: Material-sensitive X-ray radiography showing lead-dominated pigments

3: Material-sensitive X-ray radiography, showing pigments dominated by zinc, chromium and cadmium

4: X-ray black and white radiography

5: Material-sensitive X-ray radiography of the painting showing a drawing of a female nude in the lower layers of the painting.

InsightART’s analysis led to the discovery of the under-painting of a nude female figure, in a style that is very similar to the models van Gogh drew and painted in classes at the local academy in Paris in 1886-88: this indicates that it could be a genuine Vincent van Gogh painting. 

More information on this case here.

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