Happy New Year!
2022 was an extraordinary year for artistic endeavours and discoveries.
July 2022, Vincent Van Gogh’s Hidden Self Portrait caused a media sensation. I can only imagine the shock and excitement at the National Galleries Scotland with the discovery of a hidden Vincent Van Gogh self portrait behind the painting of Head of a Peasant Woman, 1885.
We have discovered what is almost certainly a previously unknown self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh. Yes, you read that right!National Galleries Scotland
What began as a cataloguing exercise prepping for the Royal Scottish Academy’s summer exhibition of French Impressionism, became a media sensation. Unseen from view for over a century, the self-portrait is covered by layers of glue and cardboard. According to National Galleries Scotland, “It may be possible to uncover the hidden self-portrait, but the process of removing the glue and cardboard will require delicate conservation work. Research is ongoing as to how that can be done without harming Head of a Peasant Woman.”
What better way to celebrate the ending of a remarkable year in art and welcome 2023, a new year of opportunities and possibilities. As we enter 2023, let us remember the words of Vincent Van Gogh:
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
Vincent Van Gogh