Friday, October 28, 2011

Maybe Van Gogh Wasn't Murdered

Van Gogh Museum Says There's "Not Enough Evidence" That the Artist's Death Was Anything But Suicide

"In their exhaustive new biography of Vincent van Gogh, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith contest the well-known story of the artist's suicide. Instead, they suggest that he was accidentally killed by two boys in the French village in which he lived, and pretended to have killed himself in order to protect them. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam — which gave the authors access to a trove of van Gogh's family letters — does not accept this theory, maintaining that suicide remains the most plausible explanation. Investigating the death of a mentally ill artist that occurred 121 years ago is challenging, to say the least. How does the evidence for each side stack up?'

Article here