In 1890, Vincent van Gogh died at age 37. Was it suicide like we were all taught in school--or murder?
A few years ago, the murder theory was starting to become fashionable, until suddenly it wasn't anymore. See these two earlier posts: "Vincent Van Gogh . . . The Comic Novel Sacré Bleu Versus Van Gogh: The Life" and "Update: Vincent Van Gogh's Death Was a Suicide."
First suicide, then murder, then suicide.
Now the tide has turned again. In "NCIS: Provence: The Van Gogh Mystery," Vanity Fair weighs in with this breaking news--
For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario—that Van Gogh was killed—only to find themselves under attack. Now, with the help of a leading forensic expert, the authors take their case a step further.
In the article, Naifeh and Smith describe how they took the evidence to "one of the world's leading handgun forensic experts," Dr. Vincent Di Maio, who concluded: "“It is my opinion that, in all medical probability, the wound incurred by Van Gogh was not self-inflicted. In other words, he did not shoot himself.”
I'm not taking sides in the debate. But I am taking notes. If nothing else, it gives me another chance to put a nice image on the blog.