HOUSTON – A Rice University professor’s computational analysis of canvas helped lead to the discovery of a long-lost Van Gogh.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Don H. Johnson’s analysis established the connection between a painting once thought to be a fake Vincent Van Gogh and a real Van Gogh, "The Rocks," hanging at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
Johnson performed statistical analysis of X-ray images of the canvas behind the previously unknown “Sunset at Montmajour” and his research aided experts at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in authenticating the painting. The painting’s canvas was a match for “The Rocks," which is owned by the MFAH.
The Van Gogh Museum unveiled its findings, along with the painting itself, in Amsterdam on Sept. 9.