Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Death of Van Gogh

Accident or suicide? According to the Daily Mail:
The Vincent van Gogh story is that the poverty-stricken and unappreciated artist took his own life with a shot to the chest. But, more than a century on, two American writers have cast doubt on his suicide and instead claim he was shot dead by a teenager. Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith claim that Van Gogh was fatally wounded by a friend’s teenage brother who enjoyed  teasing and provoking the mentally ill artist. During a confrontation in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise in 1890, the boy somehow opened fire with a gun. They also outline another theory, that Van Gogh was shot by two local boys who were playing with a malfunctioning pistol. Naifeh and Smith, who won a Pulitzer Prize for their biography  of U.S. artist Jackson Pollock, spent ten years researching their book, which will be released in Britain tomorrow. (Read entire article.)

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