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Rediscovered Van Gogh exhibited

Van Gogh's use of human figures in a landscape is unusual for the artist

A painting of a windmill recently identified as a Van Gogh has gone on display at a Dutch museum.

Experts at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum concluded Le Blute-fin Mill was painted by the Dutch artist in 1886.

The brightly-coloured painting, which depicts people around a Parisian mill has gone on show at the Museum de Fundatie, in Zwolle.

Ralph Keuning, director of the Fundatie museum, rediscovered the painting in 2007 and it was later authenticated.

He said: "The painting is a little a-typical for Van Gogh because of the many people appearing on it but also very typical because of the prominent role for the mill."

The painting was bought 35 years ago by Dirk Hannema, the founder of the museum.

At the time, he said he believed it was an "absolute certainty" that the painting was the work of the artist, but he had been discredited since he bought a Vermeer in 1937 that later was shown to be a forgery.

"Finally, he has been proven right," said Mr Keuning.

Typical style

Mr Hannema displayed Le Blute-fin Mill at his home until he died in 1984, when it disappeared in the museum depot, only to resurface briefly in 1993 and again in 2007.

Louis van Tilborgh, curator of research at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, said the painting was unusual for the 19th century artist.

It depicts Parisians climbing wooden stairs to a windmill in the Montmartre district.

But he added that other elements of the the work, with its bright colours lathered roughly on the canvas, was typical of Van Gogh's style at the time he was living in Paris.

The canvas bore the stamp of an art store he was known to visit, and used pigments that were common in other works.

He said: "You can link it to certain works of Van Gogh in that period, but not that many of them."

Le Blute-fin Mill is on show at the museum until 4 July alongside other similar works by the painter.



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