Earlier Unidentified Van Gogh Self-Portrait Learned Powering An additional Portray

LONDON (AP) — A formerly unknown self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh has been uncovered powering an additional of the artist’s paintings, the Nationwide Galleries of Scotland mentioned Thursday.

The self-portrait was located on the back again of Van Gogh’s “Head of a Peasant Woman” when gurus at the Edinburgh gallery took an X-ray of the canvas ahead of an forthcoming exhibition.

The function is thought to have been concealed for over a century, lined by levels of glue and cardboard when it was framed in the early 20th century.

Van Gogh was identified for turning canvases all-around and portray on the other aspect to conserve funds.

The portrait displays a bearded sitter in a brimmed hat. Gurus said the subject was promptly recognizable as the artist himself, and is imagined to be from his early do the job. The remaining ear is obviously noticeable and Van Gogh famously slice his off in 1888.

Frances Fowle, a senior curator at the Countrywide Galleries of Scotland, explained the discovery was “thrilling.”

“Moments like this are amazingly unusual,” she explained. “We have identified an not known get the job done by Vincent Van Gogh, one particular of the most vital and popular artists in the entire world.”

The gallery explained experts are assessing how to remove the glue and cardboard with out harming “Head of a Peasant Female.”

Readers to an impending Impressionist show at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh can see an X-ray image of the self-portrait by means of a lightbox.

“A Flavor for Impressionism” runs from Jul. 30 to Nov. 13.

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