On this day in 1890, Vincent van Gogh shot himself and died two days later.
I genuinely thought Von Gogh was hundreds of years ago so this was a bit of a surprise for me!
On 22 February 1890, Van Gogh suffered a new crisis that was “the starting point for one of the saddest episodes in a life already rife with sad events.”
From February until the end of April he was unable to bring himself to write, though he did continue to draw and paint, which follows a pattern begun the previous May, in 1889.
For a year he “had fits of despair and hallucination during which he could not work, and in between them, long clear months in which he could and did, punctuated by extreme visionary ecstasy.”
On 27 July 1890, aged 37, Van Gogh is believed to have shot himself in the chest with a…
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