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Monday, June 03, 2013

Vincent van Gogh's Death and Legacy

After Theo heard that Vincent was shot, he didn't waste any time and went to see his brother who was doing unexpectedly well; he was sitting up in bed and smoking a pipe.

It didn't take long though before his health rapidly declined. On July 29, 1890, at the age of 37, Vincent van Gogh dies in his brother's arms. He was buried the next day in the municipal cemetery of Auvers-sur-Oise.

Theo died six months later. He already was sick and Vincent's death was too much for him. He was initially buried in Den Dolder in the Netherlands, but in 1914 his wife had him transferred to the cemetery in Auvers-sur-Oise where he now is buried next to Vincent.

After Theo died, his wife Johanna collected as many artwork and letters of her brother-in-law as she could in order to get recognition for his work. She succeeded almost immediately and Vincent's fame is still on the rise.

Vincent was not very famous during his life and only sold one painting. His artwork consists of over 2,100 paintings, watercolors, drawings and sketches of which his best work was done in the last two years of his life.

At present, Vincent Willem van Gogh is considered to be one of the greater Dutch painters who had a huge impact on 20th century art!

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