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”.
“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.