Auction house Sotheby’s has announced it is exhibiting a painting by Dutch great Vincent Van Gogh that had remained in private collection for a century. The landscape painting, Scène de rue à Montmartre (Street Scene in Montmartre) (completed in 1887) is one of Van Gogh’s productions during his time in Paris.
The artwork shows a couple taking a stroll outside an entertainment hub, arm-in-arm. Described by Sotheby’s as a “formative” piece for Van Gogh’s iconic Post-Impressionist art style, the piece had remained in the private collection of a French family, and bar the occasional black and white reproductions in catalogue, not seen in public since then.
Until now. The artwork is on display at Sotheby’s Paris, ahead of it’s auction on March 25th. It is estimated to sell for €5 million to €8 million (US$6 million to US$9.5 million).