Van Goghs - possibly

November 27, 2003|By Los Angeles Times

Forty works that may - or may not - have been made by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh are on view at the Breda Museum in the Netherlands. The exhibit is the result of research by the museum's curator, Ron Dirven, to track down hundreds of the artist's works said to have been dispersed at Breda's flea market in 1902.

As the story goes, van Gogh abandoned a huge cache of his work in 1885, when he left his family home in the village of Neunen. His mother moved to nearby Breda a few months later, taking several chests of her son's work with her. The chests ended up in the care of a carpenter who gave them to a second-hand merchant. He, in turn, sold some of the artworks individually and got rid of the rest at the flea market. Hundreds of possible van Goghs have surfaced around Breda over the last century.

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