Who Killed Vincent van Gogh?
“For a century, no one has asked that question. Maybe it’s time we did.”
October 31, 2011
For the past one hundred and thirty years, the gunshot death of the world’s most iconic artist has been considered a suicide.
Today, under attack from all sides, few in the arena of Van Gogh biography and scholarship believe his famous mortal wound could have been self-inflicted.
But if Vincent didn’t pull the trigger on himself in that wheatfield above the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise on July 27, 1890, who did?
In recent years, that question has gradually shaped itself into art history’s most beguiling mystery.
In 2015, this website was created as “the vanguard, think tank, evidence repository, research guide, travel-advisory and sounding board for anyone interested in the Van Gogh murder case and its ongoing investigation.”
In this capacity, it has advised two Hollywood films, served as a source for several books and articles on the case and provided a forum for thousands of Van Gogh enthusiasts around the world doing their own research into the subject or just caught up in the excitement of what Vanity Fair calls “Art’s Greatest Mystery."
The site has since been retooled to be the supportive website for two new books that showcase a web of startling new material on Van Gogh's last days that would seem to offer the solution to the Mystery of Auvers:
Exile in the Light, an epic mystery-thriller by bestselling novelist and award-winning journalist William Arnold that reveals, within its detective-story framework, this devastating body of authentic new evidence about the strange demise of Vincent van Gogh...
...and The Mystery of Auvers: A Story of Obsession, a Van Gogh Letter & Art History's Greatest Whodunit, a nonfiction companion book to the novel that explores its premise and backstory as journalism, personal memoir and transcript of never-previously-disclosed witness testimony.
You’ll find here interviews, maps, memoirs, profiles, pertinent lists, reviews and a whole world of other iconoclastic information designed to broaden the Auvers experience these books offer and pull you that much deeper into their whirlpool of mindboggling history.
So come in and taste the Mystery of Auvers.
But be warned that it can be as addictive as the enigma that is Vincent van Gogh himself. Once it gets its hooks in you, it may never let you go.