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San Diego Writer On Mission To Find Missing Van Gogh

Above: Image of Vincent Van Gogh's Still Life: Vase with Oleanders, made in 1888. The work's location is unknown.

Aired 9/4/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Lynne Kennedy, Author, Deadly Provenance


They say art mirrors life. But something of the reverse is happening for San Diego mystery author Lynne Kennedy.

Kennedy's fascination with the story of a lost Vincent Van Gogh painting formed the basis of her latest novel, Deadly Provenance.

The painting in question,"Still Life: Vase with Oleanders," is believed to have been looted by the Nazis during World War II.

In her book Kennedy finds a fictional solution to the missing painting. But in real life it's still nowhere to be found. She hopes her work will re-energize the search.

As the former science director of San Diego's Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, Kennedy is tapping into her contacts in the museum community and says she's searching through archives and records to get to the bottom of this mystery.

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