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New Van Gogh death theory

25 October 2011

It’s commonly believed that the artist – Van Gogh – committed suicide. New biography claims the opposite. It says that he was shot accidentally by two boys he knew and did not die from self-inflicted wounds. However experts at the Van Gogh Museum remain unconvinced.

Experts at the Van Gogh Museum say they remain unconvinced by evidence in a new book that says the 19th century Dutch artist was accidentally shot by two teenagers and did not die from self-inflicted wounds.

The biography of the 19th century Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh published by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith says the artist suffered chronic depression and have shot himself to protect the boys.

“No gun was ever found,” and “No physical evidence of the shooting was ever produced,” the writers say in the book. They believe that Van Gogh was simply “covering up his own murder.”

The book, “Van Gogh: The Life,” also stands that the painter didn’t leave a suicide note. They claim that Van Gogh was shot by the teenage brother of a friend. That teen reportedly carried a gun and was known to have teased the artist.

The biography “Van Gogh, A Life” is a “great book,” but Leo Jansen, the museum curator and editor of Van Gogh’s letters, says that experts “cannot yet agree” with the authors’ conclusions about the painter’s death.

Nowadays Van Gogh is considered as one of the most important and influential artists in history. His works are among the most expensive ever sold. Unfortunately during his short lifetime he was appreciated by only a few people. Van Gogh died in 1890 at the age of 37.

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