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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Last Year Of Vincent van Gogh's Life

In May of 1889, Vincent admitted himself to an asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, after the police had closed his house due to complaints of several people in Arles who had signed a petition saying that van Gogh was dangerous.

Vincent painted in the gardens of the hospital and about six month later, in November 1889, he received an invitation for the yearly exhibition in February 1890 from the society of avant-garde painters called Les XX to show his work in Brussels. Among those works were "Irises" and "Starry Night".

During his stay he had a relapse for about two months in the beginning of 1890. In May of the same year he left the clinic and moved Auvers-sur-Oise where he rented a room and was closer to both his brother Theo and physician Dr. Paul Gachet who had taken Vincent on as one of his patients.

It was on July 27th, 1890, when Vincent went out to paint that morning. It is not clear whether he shot himself or was shot, but he took a bullet in his chest. He didn't die right away and was able to stumble back to his room where he was found and taken to a hospital.

His brother Theo was notified immediately and rushed to visit Vincent. He found him in what appeared to be good condition, but not everything is always what it seems to be!

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