Van Gogh's Lost Painting

Van Gogh's Lost Painting
Van Gogh's Lost Painting
The X-ray of the wrestlers done in 1886
The X-ray of the wrestlers done in 1886

It has been hanging in the Kroeller Mueller museum since 1974. Called, "Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses", the painting shows still life in early Van Gogh style. Until now, the painting was thought to be a Van Gogh, yet there was never conclusive evidence that it was. Many curators thought differently also because of the style, technique and placement of the objects, which are atypical for Vincent Van Gogh.

In 1886, Van Gogh penciled on canvas two large wrestlers for an assignment while at the academy in Antwerp. He stated this in his diary. Within six months, he reused the canvas, something he frequently did to save money and painted directly over it. Previously attempts to x-ray the painting failed to reveal enough detail until now. New technology solved the mystery by clearly revealing the two wrestlers he had etched over 100 years ago.

Now, some suspect maybe more undiscovered works of Van Gogh's may be found with the technique. His "Sunflowers" painting recently sold over $39 million. Van Gogh died at age 37 from suicide and penniless.

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