Mistaken identity: new discovery means there is only one known photograph of Vincent van Gogh

MARTIN BAILEY: The Art Newspaper

The Van Gogh Museum now admits that a photograph said to be of Vincent at the age of 13 is not of him—but of his younger brother Theo. Two examples of the photograph survive, originally coming from family albums, and both are in the museum’s collection.

The photograph was first exhibited as showing Vincent at a Van Gogh exhibition in Essen in 1957. Later specialists never questioned the identification and it was reproduced as being of Vincent in thousands of books and articles. Now, that 1957 judgement has been proved wrong. …Read More

Pictured: Now identified as Theo van Gogh, aged 15, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)Courtesy of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)