By: JENNA DIEPSTRATEN
The late Vincent Van Gogh’s painting has been unveiled after being with the same french family for a century. The painting (above) depicts a couple walking in a rural landscape in Montmartre, a now popular destination for tourists because of its quaint village vibes. It was painted in the spring of 1877, just three years before Van Gogh was believed to have committed suicide with a small pistol, which was auctioned off in 2019.
“Its with great pleasure that we can now present this to the world, after being treasured by the same french family for a century” said Claudia Mercler and Fabien Mirbaud of Parisian auction house, Mirabaud Mercler.
This specific painting was a part of a series that exemplified the fame Moulin de la Galette, a windmill turned dancehall in Montmartre. “Very few paintings from Van Gogh’s Montmartre Period remain in private hands, with most of the series now held in prestigious museum collections around the world” said Aurélle Vandevoore and Etienne Hellman senior directors of the Impressionist and Modern Art department in Sotheby’s France.
Painting will be auctioned off by Southbys in Paris on March 25th, but the painting will be publicly displayed in both Amsterdam and Hong Kong before going to France.