Raking Light, IR, UV and X-Rays of the painting reveal what's beneath the paint.
UV Imaging shows lines beneath the paint.
UV and IR details showing pentimenti (lines) beneath the paint
The Raking Light Swirly Clouds below are almost identical to those of Sunset in Montmartre painted by Vincent in 1887.
The image to the right bearing the signature is a UV partial laid on top of raking light. The violet area above the signature shows that this portion of the painting was retouched, which I had suspected. It is not covering another signature, but black lines known as pentimenti.
One has to wonder what occurred here. Did Vincent change this section and then sign it? He would sometimes return to his works years later and alter them.
The entire painting appears to sport pentimenti beneath the paint. Black lines can indicate charcoal as an initial drawing of the work, but these are not consistent with the finished product, which in itself tells us that this painting is not a forgery of any nature.
If you know Van Gogh, you KNOW Van Gogh.
Parts of the Raking Light from Farmhouse with Barn and Well is almost identical to that of Wheat stacks in Provence – 1888