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Rare Kirchner painting discovered in cellar

July 6, 2010 12:01:02 AM PDT
A rare painting by German Expressionist artist Ludwig Kirchner was discovered in the cellar of the Staedel Museum in Germany. It had been there for decades.The museum announced the find on Tuesday, saying that it had discovered it as part of renovation.

The canvas is painted on both sides, with a rare nude, believed to have been painted in 1910, on the back.

The Frankfurt museum plans to restore the work and put it on display for the first time when it reopens in the fall of 2011. It did not give an estimate of the painting's value.

Kirchner is one of the best-known German Expressionist painters along with Ernst Ludwig, Emil Nolde and Wassily Kandinsky. He was also part of a movement known as Die Bruecke, or "The Bridge."

The Associated Press contributed to this report