Otterlo, 20 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
After much research and analysis, the authenticity of a work bought by the Kröller-Müller Museum in 1974 has been confirmed.
The size of the painting ─ unusual for the painter ─, the strangely located signature and the different layers of painting, amongst other things, had sowed the seeds of doubt regarding the authenticity of the work Still life with meadow flowers and roses. In 2003, the work had been put aside and placed with the “unknown artists”. However, nine years later, a team of searchers from the TU Delft, from the University of Antwerp, from the DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton) from Hamburg, from the Van Gogh museum and from the Kröller-Müller Museum have confirmed the painting’s authenticity.
From 20 March 2012, the painting will take a prominent place among the other works by Vincent Van Gogh in the Kröller-Müller Museum’s collections.
Vincent Van Gogh, born in 1853, arrived in Antwerp in November 1885. He studied at the Art Academy of Antwerp where his teacher encouraged him to paint a large canvas. When he moved to Paris in February 1886, Van Gogh took the painting with him. He painted directly upon his first attempt, without removing the first layer of paint.
The discovery was made possible thanks to the use of X-rays, and particularly thanks to the new methods such as the MA-XRF (Macro Scanning X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry).