This painting is Van Gogh’s Vase with Poppies. It was donated by a private collector to the Wordsworth Athenian Museum of Art in Hartford Connecticut in 1957. But the museum kept it tucked away for more than two decades after questions about its authenticity were raised. So for about 25 years, the painting was either unviewed and was either in storage. At one point, it was actually hanging on the wall of the accounting office here at the Museum just as a decoration to the wall. In 1995, staff set out to find out once and for all if the painting was authentic. They tried using a complex X-Ray machine at a hospital, but the images they got still weren’t conclusive enough to declare the painting a true Van Gogh.
Finally, the museum purchased new advanced technical equipment and try it again. Expert Alan Kasana which studies the result, and under the depiction of Poppies, he saw another painting resembling Van Gogh’s self-portrait. Here on the right, we’re seeing the X-Ray of the poppies and its current orientation, and on the left, you can see the poppies upside down and there are lines highlighting the ear and the nose.
But the final report confirming the paintings authenticity is expected from the Van Gogh’s Museum in Amsterdam. The report is being written as we speak. It’s an authentic painting and I thought to myself what a great opportunity to share this with the world in an organized way, in a way that will open up new conversations both here in Connecticut and around the world. And just like that after a long journey through storage rooms and X-Ray cabinets, Van Gogh’s Vases Poppies is back on display for the world to see.
1. In 1995, staff set out to find out once and for all if the painting was authentic.
set out 出发，开始
When setting out on a long walk, always wear suitable boots.
2. Expert Alan Kasana which studies the result, and under the depiction of Poppies, he saw another painting resembling Van Gogh’s self-portrait.
resemble vt. 长得像……
He grew up to resemble his father.
最后，这家博物馆购置了先进的新技术设备，又尝试了一次 。专家艾伦·卡萨纳研究了设备检测结果 。在《罂粟花》之下，他观测到了另一幅画，很像是梵高的自画像 。右边能看到《罂粟花》的X光成像以及它当前的方向；左边能看到颠倒的《罂粟花》，此外还有一些勾勒耳朵和鼻子的线条 。
但确认这幅画是否为真迹的最终报告会由阿姆斯特丹梵高博物馆开具 。我台报道时，这份报告还在筹备中 。这是一幅真迹，我私心想着：这是一个绝好的机会，可以以有条理的方式与全世界分享这个消息，让康涅狄格州乃至世界各地的人们讨论这幅画 。在经历了长久的储藏和X光的检测后，梵高的这幅《罂粟花》再次展出，供世人欣赏 。。不过，这家博物馆收藏了20多年后，却有人质疑这幅画是否为真迹 。近25年来，这幅画要么在展出，要么作为储藏品 。曾几何时，这幅画就直接挂在了博物馆会计办公室的墙上，作为装饰品 。1995年，工作人员开始彻查这幅画是否为真迹 。他们试图通过医院一种复杂的X光机来检验，但他们获得的图像依然不足以支持这幅画是真迹的结论 。