(NEWSER) – The world has a new Vincent van Gogh work, or at least a newly identified one. A pencil drawing of an old man, determined to be an earlier version of Van Gogh's "Worn Out," has been authenticated by Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum as a work of the Dutch post-impressionist, the Guardian reports. Drawn in late 1882 when Van Gogh was 29, the 19x12-inch sheet of watercolor paper features a carpenter's pencil sketch of Adrianus Jacobus Zuyderland. Two years into working as an artist and striving to become a magazine illustrator so he could make more money, Van Gogh was at the time finding people from the Dutch Reformed Old Men’s and Women’s House who were willing to sit as models.
Zuyderland's is one of the only models whose name is known; Van Gogh apparently favored him as a subject and ultimately drew the local laborer more than 40 times, Artnet News reports. "Today and yesterday I drew two figures of an old man with his elbows on his knees and his head in his hands," Van Gogh wrote of the study in a letter to his brother. "Perhaps I’ll do a lithograph of it. What a fine sight an old working man makes, in his patched bombazine suit with his bald head."