Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Van Gogh: The Life

Co-authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith have gained loads of publicity for their biography Van Gogh: The Life (published today) with their claim that the troubled artist didn't commit suicide, but was accidentally shot by a 16-year-old youth playing cowboys (CLICK). It sounds far-fetched, but they have done an enormous amount of academic research and have found anomalies in the original story (title link). It seems very few intelligent inquiries were made into the shooting at the time. Van Gogh seemed determined to take the blame on himself before he died of his wound.


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