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Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. Sunset at Montmajour, painted in Arles in 1888, is a work from the most important period of his life, when he created his substantial masterpieces, like ‘Sunflowers,’ The Yellow House’ and The Bedroom’.
The painting depicts dusk in the hilly, forested landscape of Montmajour, in Provence, with wheat fields and the ruins of a Benedictine abbey in the distance. The area around Montmajour was a subject that van Gogh revisited often during his time in Arles.
“One or two early van Goghs do sometimes come out of the woodwork nowand again, but from the mature period, it’s very rare,” said James Roundell, an art dealer and the director of modem pictures for the Dickinson galleries in London and New York, which deals in Impressionist and modem art.
Mr. Roundell said it would be hard to predict precisely new much “Sunset at Montmajour” would fetch on the market, but expected it would be “in the tens of millions and quite a few of them.”
He added, “It’s not the iconic status of something like the ‘Sunflowers,’ or the ‘Portrait of Dr. Gachet,’” which sold at auction for $82.5 million in 1990.
Fred Leeman said the work, which he called “100 percent genuine,” contributes to an alternative understanding of the artist. “We have the impression of van Gogh as a very modern painter, but here he’s working in the tradition of 19th-century landscape painting,” he said.
Until 1901, the painting was in the collection once owned by van Gogh’s brother, Theo. His widow, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, sold it to a Paris art dealer. In 1908, the art dealer sold it to a Norwegian collector. Shortly after that it was declared a fake, or not an original, and the Norwegian collector banished it to his attic, where it stayed until he died in 1970. The current owners purchased it thereafter.
What made Fred Leeman say that Gogh’s Sunset at Montmajour gives him an alternative understanding of the artist?
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The ability of the artist, perceived as a modern painter, to paint a traditional landscape painting.
The quality of the artist’s work, that made people remember him even after his deatr
The authenticity of the artists work, that came to light long after r.s death
The mindset cf the ardst when he made the painting.
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