RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)- You don't need a degree in art history to recognize his name; Vincent Van Gogh.
He is one of the most well- known artists of the 20th century. His paintings are valued in the millions and have been displayed front and center at the most prestigious museums.
But why did one of those paintings never make it to the walls of the Louvre?
According to Ann Wolfe, Curator of Exhibitions at the Nevada Museum of Art, “The painting comes with an amazing story to tell.”
The painting, known as Study by Candlelight, was purchased in the
1950's by award winning Hollywood producer, Wiiliam Goetz.
He was told the painting was real. But art historians disagreed.
Henk Tromp, an Anthropologist from the Netherlands spent the better part of the last decade researching past debates around some of Van Gogh’s paintings.
“It has a very strange history of being called a real van Gogh then a
fake Van Gogh, then a real Van Gogh, then a fake Van Gogh.”
Its authenticity was debated for years, but a conclusion was never reached.
According to Tromp, “Myth has it that the owner destroyed this particular painting in rage
because he couldn’t find enough experts to substantiate his claim.”
For years the whereabouts of the painting were unknown. Until now.
Our cameras were the only cameras allowed inside the Nevada Museum of Art as the painting was hung for the first time, where It will remain until the end of August.
Using x-ray, infrared, and high tech pigment analysis, the Nevada Museum of Art hopes to learn more about Study by Candlelight.
So what if Study by Candlelight is a real Van Gogh?
Tromp says it would be quote, “worth millions and millions of dollars.”
And if it’s not real?
“It has no value at all.”
If you would like to take a look for at Study by Candlelight and judge the painting for yourself, it will be on display at the Nevada Museum through the end of August. “Members Only” preview days will be held Thursday April from 10:00 am – 5:00 p.m. and Friday April 12 from 10:00 am until midnight. The exhibit will be open to the public staring Saturday April 13. If you’re interested in learning more about the exhibit or becoming a member, you can visit the Nevada Museum of Art Website: http://www.nevadaart.org