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Researchers Find Grasshopper Stuck in Classic Van Gogh Painting

Researchers Find Grasshopper Stuck in Classic Van Gogh Painting
From Gizmodo - November 10, 2017

A famous work of art has captured more than just van Goghs impressionsits preserving a hundred-year-old grasshopper corpse, too.

Researchers spotted the critter while taking a closer look at over a hundred paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. This probably beats burial or burning at a pyre, as far as funeral rites go.

Van Gogh painted outdoors, but the practice came with some intruders. The museums press release quotes an 1885 letter from Vincent van Gogh to his brother: ...All sorts of things like the following happenI must have picked up a good hundred flies and more off the four canvases that youll be getting.

Researchers spotted the grasshopper while looking at the kinds of pigments used in the painting. Its a little too small for a regular museum goer to see, it was missing its thorax and abdomen, and didnt appear to have put up much of a struggle before dying. Either that, or it didnt want to disturb the work of a master. Its hard to tell what grasshoppers are thinking, after all.

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