A painting kept in the Kröller-Müller museum in Arnhem has now been identified as a work by the great artist Vincent Van Gogh. Since 1974 the painting has been on show labelled as by 'anonymous'.
The painting has now been verified as being by Van Gogh and was painted by him in Paris when he was living with his brother Theo. Its a painting of a still life with flowers, lots of flowers, but underneath the flowers the experts with x-rays have discovered what appear to be images of semi-naked wrestlers.
Up until recently art experts refused to believe that the picture was by Van Gogh but their arguments such as: "there are too many flowers both in the vase and on the table, Vincent never painted so many flowers in one go" always seemed a little unintellectual like throwaway comments.
It's the wrestlers beneath the flowers that have finally swung the argument. New X-Ray techniques clearly show the brush strokes used on the wrestlers and the pigments utilised to match those used by Vincent himself. In a flash the painting has become almost impossible to value - its maybe beyond value in monetary terms although some rich bank or other is probably willing to pay out a huge fortune to place it in a dark vault somewhere!