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Art Historians Discover Place Where Van Gogh Painted His Last Masterpiece


A group of art historians has discovered the exact place where Vincent van Gogh painted his last masterpiece before his death in 1890.

When Wouter van der Veen, scientific director of the Institut van Gogh, found a postcard from the early 20th century with a scene that included tree trunks and roots growing on a hillside, he immediately sent it to a couple of senior researchers at the Van Gogh Museum. .

Based on Van Gogh’s work habits and the comparative study of famous people Tree roots By painting next to the postcard, the experts concluded that it is “highly plausible” that the correct location was identified.

Postcard Rue Daubigny, Auvers-sur-Oise overlaid with the Tree Roots painting (1890) by Vincent van Gogh. © arténon.

Wouter van der Veen said in a statement: “The sunlight painted by Van Gogh indicates that the last brushstrokes were painted towards the end of the afternoon, which provides more information about the course of this dramatic day that ended with his suicide.”

Diagram showing the possible position of Vincent van Gogh while painting Tree Roots (1890), compared to the postcard Rue Daubigny, Auvers-sur-Oise. © arténon.

Teio Meedendorp of the Van Gogh Museum explained: “That this is his last work of art [the discovery] all the more exceptional, and even dramatic… He must have often passed the place on his way to the fields that stretched behind the castle of Auvers, where he painted several times during the last week of his life and where he would take his own life. . “

Vincent van Gogh, Tree Roots (1890). Courtesy of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation.

Last spring, Van der Veen was able to travel to the site to verify his theory. The site is 150 meters from Auberge Ravoux, the inn in Auvers-sur-Oise where Van Gogh spent the last 70 days of his life.

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Spectacularly, the largest tree trunk from the painter’s latest motif is still present and recognizable.

Today’s Trees on Rue Daubigny, Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent van Gogh probably painted his last canvas. © arténon.

The Institut van Gogh, in cooperation with local authorities, has erected a protective wooden structure to safeguard the site and allow public visits.

Those visiting the sleepy town to follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps can now add another poignant experience to their journey: standing at the exact spot where Van Gogh’s brush last touched the canvas.

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