One of the only two existing photographs by Vincent Van Gogh, who has always been considered a representative of the famous Dutch painter, turns out to be a portrait of his brother, unveiled the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on Thursday.
“A photograph that we always believe to have portrayed Vincent Van Gogh, then 13 years old, as a portrait of his brother Theo Van Gogh at the age of fifteen,” the museum said in a statement after hearing the conclusions of one depth study. unpublished photography.
The black and white photo shows a young man with curly hair and bright eyes. It was one of only two known portraits of the painter and can be found in many biographies.
Both brothers were very similar, but Theo distinguished himself by his delicate facial features and “very clear eyes”, like the young man’s in the photo, the museum stresses. “Thanks to this discovery, we lost an illusion and won a portrait of Theo,” museum director Axel Ruger said.
The picture taken by the Brussels photographer Balduin Schwarz first appeared during an exhibition organized in 1957 by a Belgian researcher who identified him in a catalog titled “Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh (c. 1886)”.
Born in 1853, Vincent Van Gogh, famed for his self-portraits of bright colors, was reluctant to be photographed. In the only other photo that exists of him, he is 19 years old.