❓❔ Van Gogh’s Suicide ❔❓

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Towards the end of July 1890,  suffering from depression, Vincent van Gogh attempted suicide by shooting himself in the chest. There were no witnesses and the gun was never found.
He committed the act either in the wheat field he had been painting or in a barn.

Holding his stomach, he was able to arrive at the inn in Auvers where he was staying, and two doctors medicated him, but the bullet could not be removed because no surgeon was available.

He died two days later, from an infection in the wound, with Theo at his side.
Later, Theo spoke about his brother’s feelings just before his death: “He himself wanted to die. When I sat at his bedside and said that we would try to get him better and that we hoped that he would then be spared this kind of despair, he said, “La tristesse durera toujours” (The sadness will last forever). I understood what he wanted to say with those words.”

Recent findings have suggested that he may not have killed himself, because he considered suicide sinful and immoral, but he may have been shot by accident by two teenagers who were hunting. He did not want them to get in trouble, so he told everyone that he had shot himself. He seemed to welcome death and believe the boys had done him a favour. His widely quoted deathbed remark was: “Do not accuse anyone… it is I who wanted to kill myself.”

46 thoughts on “❓❔ Van Gogh’s Suicide ❔❓

  1. There was a death bed confession by the last of 3 brothers who accidentally shot Van Gogh, I believe in 1963…
    They used to tease him unmercifully and in the end he took their secret to his grave. I have such admiration for Vincent.

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  2. LUISA. I ALWAYS HAD A TENDER SPOT IN MY HEART FOR VINCENT. , IN 1987 MY HUSBAND FOUND A YOUNG KITTY , HIS JAW WAS BROKEN FROM A KICK BY THE PAPERBOY AND BADLY HURT IN THE STOMACH ALSO WE TOOK HIM IN TO THE VETERINARY AND WE HAD HIS LOVE FOR 4 YEARS , MANY PROBLEMS BUT MUCH LOVE VERY INTELLIGENT CAT . FEELINGS WERE HURT WHEN I BROUGHT IN BABY CALICO GIRL SHE PLAYED WITH HIS TOYS HE COULDN’T COPE SHE (DOLLY ) LOVED ME , HE BECAME VERY DEPRESSED , HE ONLY WANTED TO LOVE ME DIDNT WANT ANY THING OR ANYONE ELSE HERE BUT DOLLY WAS A BABY THAT SUFFERED OUTSIDE TOO . ONE NIGHT DOLLY HAD TO GO IN LITTER BOX , I CARRIED HER IN TO BATHROOM AND THE ORANGE KITTY WANTED HER OUT OF MY ARMS , I WOULDN’T PUT HER DOWN I WAS AFRAID HE MIGHT HURT HER ,LUISA, THE ORANGE ONE RIPPED UP MY LEFT FOOT SOOOOO BADLY I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE HE BECAME SO DEPRESSED THAT I COULD LOVE OTHERS ALSO . WHEN HE DIED THE VET SAID VINCENT 💞🐈🐾 WAS JUST TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR THIS WORLD AND COULDN’T COPE WITH SHARING ME VET SAID MY LOVELY VINCENT COMMITTED SUICIDE THANK YOU LUISA SINCERELY SHARON

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      1. YES I’M PROBABLY KNOWN AS THE CAT LADY , AT NIGHT MY OLD VICTORIAN PORCH HAS AT LEAST 8 CATS WAITING FOR THEIR FOOD AND WATER MY BACK. YARD HAS HIGH FENCING AN D FOOD WATER TABLES. I PAY ALL MEDICAL BILLS NO ASKING FOR DONATIONS . THEY COME TO ME WITH THEIR BABIES , THEY COME HERE NEAR DEATH , THEY COME TO ME BADLY BEATEN . AS JESUS WOULD NOT JUST WALK AWAY I CAN NOT , NOT ONLY CATS BUT EVERY LIVING THING AND SOMETIMES THE HUMAN ANIMAL GETS HELP AT MY HOME ALSO . MY ITALIAN GORGEOUS HUSBAND TAUGHT ME WELL AT 18 YEARS OLD THANKS MY DEAR 🇺🇸🎶🐾

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