Gloomy Van Gogh confirmed as real after decades of doubt | AFP

Researchers confirm that a haunting self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh is genuine after decades of uncertainty, saying it was the only work painted by the Dutch master while suffering from psychosis. The “Self Portrait (1889)” owned by the Nationalmusjeet in Oslo, Norway, which shows the artist giving a sideways glance against a swirling blue and yellow background, was confirmed as authentic by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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Today in History for July 29th

Highlights of this day in history: Britain’s Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer; Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini born; President Dwight Eisenhower signs an act creating NASA; Artist Vincent Van Gogh dies. (July 29)

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Pistol ‘used in Van Gogh suicide’ on auction in Paris | AFP

The gun with which Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh allegedly took his own life will go under the hammer on 19 June at the Hôtel Drouot auction house in Paris.

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Rare photo of young Van Gogh is actually brother: museum

A picture believed to be one of only two surviving photographs of artist Vincent Van Gogh is in fact a picture of his brother Theo, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam says. The black and white image had long been thought to show Vincent at the age of 13, and has featured in biographies of the notoriously camera-shy artist behind “Sunflowers” and a series of self-portraits.

Dafoe learned to paint for van Gogh role

(4 Sep 2018) Actor Willem Dafoe reveals he learnt to paint in order to play the role of Vincent van Gogh in director Julian Schnabel’s latest film, “At Eternity’s Gate,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. (Sept. 4)

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(28 Jul 2018) Highlights of this day in history: Britain’s Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer; Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini born; President Dwight Eisenhower signs an act creating NASA; Artist Vincent Van Gogh dies. (July 29)

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China’s fake art purveyors make move towards originals

China’s fake art capital, Dafen, is home to an army of artists duplicating masterpieces ranging from Vincent van Gogh to Jackson Pollock and is a major global player in art replicas. But a slump in demand in recent times is nudging painters towards a different stroke of the brush — original creations.

Art Historians Can’t Agree If This Sketchbook Belonged To Van Gogh (HBO)

A 126-year-old notebook thought by some to have belonged to Vincent van Gogh has resurfaced and caused a major controversy inside the art community.

“This is history,” author and art historian Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov told VICE News correspondent Mary H.K. Choi. Not everyone in the art world is as confident of the notebook’s provenance as Welsh-Ovcharov, however.

“There are so many differences,” Van Gogh Museum senior researcher Louis van Tilborgh said. “The format is different than what he normally does, the paper is different than what he does, the ink is different than what he does.”

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