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Van Gogh Museum identifies long-lost painting by Dutch master

AMSTERDAM – The Van Gogh Museum says it has identified a long-lost Vincent Van Gogh painting, the first full-size canvas by the Dutch master discovered since 1928.

“Sunset at Montmajour” depicts trees, bushes and sky with Van Gogh’s familiar thick brush strokes. He described it in a letter to his brother, Theo, saying it was painted on July 4, 1888. Museum experts said it was authenticated by letters, style and materials used, and they had traced its history.

Museum director Axel Rueger described the discovery as a “once in a lifetime experience.” The museum has not said who owns the canvas.

The famously troubled Van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gun wound in 1890, having only sold one painting.