Scanning XRF investigation of a Flower Still Life and its underlying composition from the collection of the Kröller–Müller Museum
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Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) can be considered to be one of the most influential artists in the history of European painting and most of his life is well documented in his letters to his brother Theo and his friends. Due to van Gogh’s practice to reuse older paintings as substrates for newer works, several of the paintings he described in his correspondence lie hidden under his later works and are today considered lost.
KeywordsGround Layer Paint Layer Fluorescence Radiation Zinc White Elemental Distribution Image
This research was supported by the SSD program of BELSPO, Brussels (project S2-ART). Results are also presented here from Gemeenschappelijke Onderzoeksactie (GOA) ‘XANES meets ELNES’ (Research Fund, University of Antwerp, Belgium) and from Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) (Brussels, Belgium) project Nos. G.0704.08 and G.01769.09. The research leading to these results was funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement No. 226716 and the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) under the VIDI project “Looking Over the Painter’s Shoulder” (grant No. 700.10.426). M. Alfeld is the recipient of a Ph.D. fellowship of the Research Foundation—Flanders (FWO).
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