An astonishing surprise awaited: more than a century after being captured by Van Gogh, a miracle of natural conservation had occurred. Van Gogh’s tree roots were still there. Up-to-date photos of the site convinced the conservators of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the authority on the matter, that the location had indeed been identified.
The Institut Van Gogh, undertook the task of protecting the site of these important remains and devised an elegant solution: initially the roots would be covered and then, once the discovery had been announced in the media, a grille would be erected allowing the public to visit the site without damaging it.
In the space of a few weeks a book was written and published, a press conference organised, and the protective grille constructed and approved by all concerned parties.
The discovery of the roots is the subject of the richly
illustrated book ATTACKED AT THE VERY ROOT
Wouter van der Veen runs a channel dedicated to Van Gogh