CURIOUS CALLBACK: Episode #2: Was Van Gogh Accidentally Murdered? (UPDATED Season 1, Episode 2) PART TWO
This is a rebroadcast of our first episode, which originally aired on August 29, 2016. We’ve updated it with new details, music, and our beloved ArtCurious theme— and, per your suggestion, we have split it into two parts for easier listening. If you haven’t listened to part one, please go back and do so. Enjoy!
Vincent Van Gogh's suicide is a huge part of the mythology surrounding him: as much as the famous tale of the cut-off ear is. This so-called "tortured genius," it is said, was so broken down by life and failure that he had no choice but to end his life. Right? But in 2011, two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors published a book titled Van Gogh: The Life that stunned the art world. Therein, Gregory White Smith and Stephen Naifeh state that the artist didn't actually commit suicide.
No, they say: he was actually murdered.
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"Odyssey" by Julie Maxwell is licensed under BY-ND 4.0; Based on a work at https://juliemaxwellspianomusic.bandcamp.com/album/classic-piano-collection-from-the-princess-of-mars; "Speculative Fiction" by David Hilowitz is licensed under BY-NC 4.0; "Fallen" by Dee Yan-Key is licensed under BY-NC-SA 4.0; "Remember the time we use to play" by Komiku is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal; "Meeting Point" by Yan Terrien is licensed under BY-SA 4.0. Ad Music: "Off to Osaka" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under BY 3.0; "Gorgon" by Jesse Spillane is licensed under BY 4.0.
Links and further resources
Van Gogh Museum: 125 Questions
Van Gogh Museum: The End of a Difficult Road
Vincent Van Gogh's Letters available online in their entirety
CBS News: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (video)