Van Gogh painted a series of canvases depicting olive trees during his stay at an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence in southern France where he committed himself after a series of breakdowns.
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The insect was stuck in the thick paint in the lower foreground of the famed artist's Olive Trees, Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art said. The grasshopper was spotted by the curators during a cataloging project.
The restorer, Mary Schafer, was looking at the 1889 painting under a microscope when she found something that "did not quite look right". As Chafer looked through a magnifying glass, she found an anomaly and initially thought that it was a leaf. The researchers also claim that the critter would have been probably dead when it landed the canvas. That is largely due to the fact that the grasshopper died before it became immortalized in van Gogh's work, which makes its appearance even more mysterious.
According to Schafer, it is not unusual to find this kind of material in paintings but the grasshopper discovery is crucial as it connects viewers with the painting style of Van Gogh and the season in which he drew the painting.
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"But just go and sit outdoors, painting on the spot itself!", he wrote to his brother Theo in a letter dating from 1885, as the museum points out.
"When one carries them across the heath and through hedgerows for a few hours, the odd branch or two scrapes across them".
The close study of the painting is part of an effort to create an online catalogue of the 104 French paintings and pastels at the museum.
But paleo-entomologist Michael Engel of the University of Kansas reported there was no sign of movement in the surrounding paint, indicating the grasshopper was dead when it fell onto the canvas.