LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has confirmed that a lost painting by the Dutch post-Impressionist has been found and authenticated.
“A discovery of this magnitude has never before occurred in the history of the Van Gogh Museum,” Director Axel Rüger writes on the museum website.
The piece is called Sunset at Montmajour, and researchers say it was painted in 1888.
Researchers confirmed that the painting is the real deal through a combination of methods, including tracing its history (turns out it was in Van Gogh’s brother’s collection at one point), and close examination of the style and materials used. The museum says one of the artist’s own letters from the time period even references the piece.
The painting will go on exhibit at the museum beginning September 24.
CBS News reports that the painting had been owned for years by a Norwegian man who kept in his family’s attic after being told it was not an authentic Van Gogh.