The Thinking 

Questions Surrounding Van Gogh’s Death

May 7, 2012


The Iris, Vincent van Gogh, (The National Gallery of Canada)

A READER writes:

Regarding your recent entry on Vincent van Gogh, you may be pleased to know that there has recently been serious doubts cast on the belief that he killed himself. In brief, art historians who set out to write the first comprehensive, definitive biography of van Gogh discovered that his suicide was never thoroughly investigated, and that there was a local understanding that his confession of suicide was a cover-up by himself on behalf of a couple of village boys who were careless with a gun. There is a good article with the details here, a quick Google search will turn up many others.

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