3 August 2007
Portrait of a Man, a painting at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia and long attributed to Van Gogh has been judged to be not genuine. After an extensive study involving x-ray and paint research as well as stylistic analysis, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has declared the painting to be the work of an unknown contemporary of Van Gogh's. The painting is not an intentional fake, but rather simply a case of misattribution. Dr. Gerard Vaughan, director of the NGV, admits to being disappointed with the Van Gogh Museum's findings, but has said that the painting will remain on display. "It remains a fine and interesting painting," he commented.