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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 November, 2003, 11:11 GMT
Museum finds 'missing Van Gogh'
Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum has not authenticated the find
A Dutch museum says it has found a painting by Vincent Van Gogh which had been unrecognised for years after being given away by his mother.

The Breda Museum said the painting was found during research on an exhibition about the artist.

The piece, dubbed Houses In The Hague, was found in a collection owned by a "trustworthy collector", it added.

The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam said it was yet to confirm whether or not the painting was genuine.

Breda Museum researcher Ron Dirven said: "We are convinced this piece is genuine. A lot of Vincent's early studies were left in Breda by his mother.

"The piece at some time also belonged to the nephew of the landlord of Vincent's mother. She must have given it to her landlord and this gives us further reason to believe it is genuine."

Mr Dirven said the painting was 24cm by 16cm (9.5 by 6.3 inches) and depicted a row of houses, each with a red roof. They stand in front of a light-coloured sky and there are bales of hay in the foreground.

He did not put a value on the piece, but said it woud not be as valuable as Van Gogh's later works.

2003 marks the 150th anniversary of Van Gogh's birth. He shot himself in 1890 after a scandal-filled life.

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