A new theory on Van Gogh’s death has come to my attention recently. He may not have killed himself. Now why would we still be investigating this death? If it because we love Van Gogh so much that we cannot accept that he would kill himself? Are we in denial? Or is it that we would like to give Van Gogh’s memory something that he never had in his short and difficult life? We want to believe in him. We want to know in our hearts that this is not how we as humans treat artists. “Suicided by society” is what Antonin Artaud called it. We don’t want to think that our acceptance of art and artists or our rejection could have that kind of effect on a painting genius.
Oh well, maybe we have been trained to like this sort of art now just like the people of his day were trained to not like it. Hmmmm…
The moral to this story: read the new biography on Van Gogh and decide for yourself where the evidence leads and keep an open mind when it comes to art and all things that you see. Who knows, one day something that isn’t treasured today will be priceless tomorrow.
Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh! Here’s my version of one of my favorite Van Gogh paintings. :)