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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