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Van Gogh painting identified in the Netherlands

March 22, 2012 |  2:07 pm

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A museum in the Netherlands has identified a painting to be the creation of Vincent Van Gogh, after having said for several years that it is the work of an unknown artist. The painting resides at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands.

Officials said this week that "Still Life With Meadow Flowers and Roses" is the work of the Dutch master and that he likely created it while living with his brother, Theo, in Paris in the 1880s. Experts said they used X-ray technology to look beneath the painting, where they found a depiction of two wrestlers.

Van Gogh once wrote in a letter to his brother about painting a pair of wrestlers, and experts believe that the correspondence refers to the image found underneath the painting. (The depiction of the wrestlers can be seen on the BBC News site.)

Experts also believe the brush strokes, pigments and canvas size of the painting all point to Van Gogh.

"Still Life With Meadow Flowers and Roses" was originally believed to be a Van Gogh, but in 2003, his name was removed after doubts arose of its authenticity.

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-- David Ng

Photo: A detail of the painting "Still Life With Meadow Flowers and Roses," which is now attributed to Vincent Van Gogh. Credit: Kröller-Müller Museum / Agence France-Presse

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