>> These may or may not be long lost sketches by Van Gogh. But trying to solve the mystery has caused arguments in the art world. Art connoisseurs in Paris presenting the collection by the Dutch artist as authentic. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam though, is adamant they're fake.
As a specialist on the artist, art historian Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov strongly disagrees.>> I looked at it. And I said, excuse me for saying, it was an OMG moment. My God.>>
And I said, it's not possible. And I saw all the things that Van Gogh stands for in terms of re-pen brushwork, graphite underground work.
The whole possible elements.>> Bogomila was called to look at the sketchbook found in a store room in southern France. She says the sketches are from his move to Arles in 1888.>> The Van Gogh museum had seen a high definition set of drawings as photographs. That is the worst thing anyone can do, to tell me that they made a decision on what is a work of art by a photograph.
>> Specialists in Amsterdam say there were telltale topographical errors and have dismissed Bogomila's claims. But for some, this row opens up a can of worms about where authority lies in connoisseurship.