WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The National Gallery of Art is showing a Vincent van Gogh painting that hasn't been seen by the public since 1966, say officials.
The gallery unveiled "Green Wheat Fields, Auvers" on Friday to the media. The painting was likely completed "just weeks" before van Gogh died in 1890, say officials.
Officials tell us thatthe galleryreceived the painting from philanthropist, art collector and founding gallery benefactor Paul Mellon. The painting has only been shown before in an exhibit devoted to the Mellon collection and his sister's collection at the National Gallery of Art in 1966. Otherwise, the painting has stayed inside Mellon's home in Upperville, Va. since 1955.
Before that,the painting was part ofVan Gogh's brother Theo's holdings, "then in Germany, represented as early as 1905 by the brilliant modern art dealer Paul Cassirer, and sold in 1906 to Curt Herrmann in Berlin. His son, Frederick (Fritz) Herrmann, sold it through the Carstairs Gallery, New York, to Paul Mellon in December 1955," wrote officials in apress release.
Gallery officials say Green Wheat Fields, Auvers will hang in a gallery with other Van Gogh works: Girl in White (1890), also from Auvers, La Mousmé (1888), The Olive Orchard (1889), Roses (1890), and Self Portrait (1889).