The Recently Discovered Location of van Gogh’s Last Painting

Van Gogh's last painting

In the days leading up to his death, Vincent van Gogh continued to create beautiful, moving pieces of art. In fact, the day of his tragic suicide, the artist painted one last painting, Tree Roots. The location “where Van Gogh’s paint brush last touched the canvas,” as the Van Gogh Museum says, may have been found.

On July 28th, a ceremony was held in Auvers-sur-Oise, France to “reveal” the plausible location. Emilie Gordenker, the museum’s director, and Willem van Gogh, Theo’s great-grandson, both attended the event.

Credit for the discovery goes to Wouter van der Veen, the scientific director of the Institut van Gogh. “Van der Veen found a post card dating from 1900 to 1910 featuring a scene including tree trunks and roots growing on a hillside,” says the Van Gogh Museum. He contacted researchers at the Van Gogh Museum, and after further research they confirmed the plausibility of Van der Veen’s claim.

Next time you’re in France, you can stand where van Gogh likely stood as he created his final masterpiece.

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  1. Thank you for this article – it has inspired me to read up on his death. It is a bright and twisted painting.

  2. Thank you for the article. Was the painting location discovered near the commune Auvers-sur Oise ? It seems logical that it might have been since that was the last place Van Gogh lived and is located near a river bank . The roots look like a side of a river bank.

  3. This painting seems to me to be filled with emotion and torment as if it replicates what Vincent was going through at the time. I’m intrigued.

  4. I Find Degas’ “Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen”. Quite beautiful ! I see a working figure that may be strained ceating the not so beautiful face that the early critics recognized, but dedication of the subject must be recognized ! I believed the clothing added to the sculpture truly brings out motion that otherwise could have been lost . I believe in this day and age that this sculpture would be widely accepted and praised. He created this piece at a time where black was black and white was white and you don’t mix the two . He was most definitely ahead of his time. I live in New Orleans and Degas is revered here and I for one am one of his fans ! Thank you for sharing this bit of Degas Art History

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