A rediscovered painting by Vincent van Gogh ... x-rays reveal he had painted over the images of two wrestlers with a still life of flowers.
Wrestlers does seem an odd subject for Vincent. He's done prisoners in a courtyard and drunks around a keg, but it was likely more an art student's exercise than something that truly interested him.
Excerpt from the Van Gogh Museum:
Rediscovered flower still life by Vincent van Gogh in Kröller-Müller Museum
Van Gogh Museum part of the research team
20 March 2012
After lengthy research the Kröller-Müller Museum has another Van Gogh painting to its name: Still life with meadow flowers and roses.
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Still life with meadow flowers and roses, 1886, Kröller-Müller MuseumIts authenticity had been in doubt ever since it was added to the collection in 1974, due to the unusual size of the canvas and the anomalous signature among other things. The work was dismissed in 2003 and has been listed as ‘artist: anonymous’ ever since. Now, nine years later, a team of researchers from the TU Delft, the University of Antwerp, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) Hamburg, the Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum has succeeded in confirming its authenticity....
Link to article at the Kröller-Müller Museum