Theory claims van Gogh didnt kill himself
Two American authors present an entirely different account of how the famous artist died.
Vincent Van Gogh has long been a poster boy for geniuses who appreciated only after death. Not one of his paintings sold during his life. But while his creative legacy is undisputed, a new theory has raised some doubts about the official story of his death.
CBS “60 Minutes” recently aired a story of two journalists who believe Van Gogh may not have taken his own life. Instead, they believe) that the iconic painter may have been murdered.
They also published a book to advance their claim. Van Gogh: A Life by Gregory White Smith and Steven Naifeh, argues that the great impressionist painter, was probably murdered by two local teenagers. Before this book, most people believed that Van Gogh shot himself in a field before stumbling into her room, where he died more than a day later.
The book, which argues that Van Gogh had lied to protect his alleged attackers, because he wanted to die, raises some interesting questions. Why, for example, were the brushes and easel that Van Gogh had with him on the ground has never recovered? Why does not anyone find a suicide note? And why were unable to locate the investigators of the gun that Van Gogh would have been used on himself?
However, some experts remain unswayed by the new theory. Leo Jansen, curator of the Van Gogh Museum and the editor of the letters of the artist, noted that Van Gogh: A Life is a “great book”, but the authors of the lack of solid evidence in support of their thesis.
Jansen also noted that all we really need to go on what Van Gogh said while he was dying. Van Gogh was asked if he intended to kill himself, and he would have said, “Yes, I believe.”
You can watch the entire “60 Minutes” segment above and decide for yourself.