A Grasshopper Has Been Stuck in Van Gogh’s Painting for 128 Years

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When we first read this about Van Gogh’s “Olive Trees” painting, we thought the grasshopper in question was a painted element that had been overlooked all this time. But no, the grasshopper in question was a real grasshopper, embedded into the paint itself, no doubt from when Vincent was painting a landscape in a field, like he so often did. The insect is very small, and so it went overlooked for well over a century.

Discovered at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, conservator Mary Schafer explains:

“It is not unusual to find insects or plant material in a painting that was completed outdoors,” Ms. Schafer said in a statement. “But in this case, we were curious if the grasshopper could be used to identify the particular season in which this work was painted.”

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It adds another bit of intrigue and personality to Van Gogh’s paintings, and to art history. Via NYTimes:

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