Did famed artist Edward Munch paint this Minnesota portrait? Analysis points to 'yes'
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Did famed artist Edward Munch paint this Minnesota portrait? Analysis points to ‘yes’

Above: The unfinished portrait of "Eva," possibly by Edvard Munch, owned by St. Olaf College. All images courtesy of Steven Garcia. St. Olaf College let out an Edvard Munch-style scream after acquiring more evidence that “Eva,” a portrait that the college owns , may in fact have been painted by Munch. The unfinished painting of British violinist Eva Mudocci, who was Munch’s lover, has not been authenticated yet, but pigments, binders and fillers from the work that were tested by the New York/Philadelphia-based Scientific Analysis of Fine Art (SAFA) offer compelling clues. The scientists found strontium yellow, a pigment used for only a short period of time at the turn of the 20th century. Artists stopped using it around 1909-10 because it turned a greenish hue. "This pigment was only in use when Munch and Mudocci were known to be together," said Jane Becker Nelson, director of St. Olaf’s Flaten Art Museum . There was also an absence of blue and green pigments. If those had shown up, it would have indicated that the work was made later. The experts compared the materials to other paintings they have studied, and the 900 paint tubes in Munch’s studio that they […]

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