Van Gogh was Murdered by Local Teen, Book Claims

Monday, October 17, 2011

In the new book, “Van Gogh: The Life,” the 900-page investigative work by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, the long-accepted notion that Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in the chest in a French field in 1890 at the age of 37 is wrong.

In the book, the authors say Van Gogh was murdered by a local teen. After being shot, Van Gogh staggered more than a mile back to an inn where he lived in Auvers, France where he died the next day.

Noting there was no suicide message and the artist went into the field with his easel and paints, Naifeh told BBC it was “very clear to us that he did not go into the wheat fields with the intention of shooting himself”.

Naifeh says:

“The accepted understanding of what happened in Auvers among the people who knew him was that he was killed accidentally by a couple of boys and he decide to protect them by accepting the blame.”

The authors claim Van Gogh didn’t point the finger at the boy because he didn’t want the teenager to be punished. Van Gogh had been in an insane asylum and was troubled most of his life, suffering from epilepsy and bi-polar disorder.

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5 Responses to Van Gogh was Murdered by Local Teen, Book Claims

  1. feminazi says:

    The irony is, both epilepsy and bi-polar disorder are treatable conditions today. Van Gogh didn’t belong in an insane asylum — he needed treatment. Even into the early 20th century, people with mental illness were treated horribly. This is before your time but the actress Francis Farmer suffered from depression and was ordered by the court to undergo Lobotomy treatment in the 1950’s. She was never the same after.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    I saw this on 60 Minutes last night. So interesting.

  3. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Sad indeed….. I can still remember waiting on line at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY in the 80’s, waiting to get inside to see the Van Gogh exhibit.

  4. okjimm says:

    shit… and all this time I thought it
    Was …
    Colonel Mustard, in the Billiard room, with the candlestick. gees.

  5. feminazi,

    I saw the Francis Farmer movie, ‘Francis’ starring Jessica Lange.

    I wasn’t familiar with her (before my time) and I was surprised to see how poorly she was treated by a mental health community that seemed largely clueless about how to effectively treat depression.

    Van Gogh was treated even worse.

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