Van Gogh’s hidden self-portrait discovered behind another painting

An x-ray of Van Gogh Peasant head (left) revealed a hidden image (right) (National Galleries of Scotland)

The art experts at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh have made an exciting Discovery when preparing for an upcoming exhibition. The back of Vincent van Gogh’s painting from 1885, Peasant headhas a portrait by the famous artist.

The mysterious the image is covered with layers of glue and cardboard. It was revealed during a routine X-ray of the chart. Gallery officials announced the exciting find on July 14, 2022. They suspicious the materials may have been added in the early 20th century to protect the artwork prior at an exhibition.

“Moments like this are incredibly rare,” said Dr. Frances Fowle, gallery director conservative of French art. “We discovered an unknown work by Vincent van Gogh, one of the most important and popular world artists. »

The self-portrait can only be seen through an x-ray. (National Galleries of Scotland)

The newly discovered image is believed to be part of a series of experimental self-portraits van Gogh painted while living in Paris with his brother Theo, from 1886 to 1888. As the artist could not afford to hire models, he frequented sharpened his talents as a portrait painter by painting his own face.

Gallery officials are trying to determine if there is a way to remove the old glue and cardboard without damaging the original paint. Meanwhile, visitors to the upcoming exhibition “A Taste For Impressionism: Modern French Art From Millet to Matisse” will be able to view the self-portrait’s x-ray image through a specially designed light box.

It is not the first time that van Gogh has delighted the world with a self-portrait hidden behind one of his masterpieces. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is home to five similar double-sided paintings. The artist often reused canvases to save money. But, instead of painting on earlier works, he used the reverse side of the canvas.

The potato eaters is one of van Gogh’s most famous paintings. (

Peasant head is part of a series of van Gogh paintings created between 1883 and 1885. It showcases the working class of Nuenun, a small rural community in the south of the Netherlands. The farmer represented in the painting is Gordina de Groot, a local farm worker. She also appeared in one of van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces, the potato eaters.


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