posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 09:58 PM
A painting dismissed for years as the work of an unknown artist has been identified as a piece by Vincent Van Gogh, after x-rays revealed an image of
two wrestlers fighting underneath the floral still life. "Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses" has hung in the Kroeller-Mueller Museum in the
town of Otterlo, in the eastern Netherlands, since 1974, but doubts over its authorship have dogged the painting for decades.
I'm a pretty big fan of Van Gogh, and was just at his exhibit in Philadelphia on Friday so I thought I'd share this article on ATS. They were
hesitant to declare this one a Van Gogh, but after an X-ray this discovered this underneath it..
They then knew it was his because he actually writes about the wrestlers in his diary and how he covered over it.
Van Gogh wrote about the wrestlers picture -- which he painted as an assignment during his studies at the art academy in Antwerp -- in a letter in
January 1886: "This week I painted a large thing with two nude torsos -- two wrestlers,"
I have to say the brush strokes of the flowers in the painting don't look like his usual work and there isn't much yellow like his others, but the
motif of the flowers in a vase is. He really enjoyed drawing flowers and has several other pieces with other types such as sunflowers here's some
other work just so you can compare.
If anybody's around the Philadelphia area I defiantly recommend you check out the exhibit, its quite a collection of works. I think it runs till the
end of May or something like that.
And here's the last one he ever composed for the heck of it, by the end of his life he had a pretty troubled mind but I honestly think that's one of
the reasons why he was such a great painter.