Van Gogh was murdered claims new movie at Venice film festival

Source:AFP Published: 2018/9/4 19:38:40

A new film about the artist Vincent van Gogh claims that he was murdered rather than having shot himself.

At Eternity's Gate starring Willem Dafoe as the tortured genius, premiered Monday at the Venice film festival.

In the film the painter is shot after a struggle with local youths near the village of Auvers-sur-Oise outside Paris, where the artist spent his final months in 1890.

He died 36 hours later after staggering back to the local inn in the dark.

While most historians agree that Van Gogh killed himself, renowned painter and Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel fuels a theory that he was killed in the film.

"He came back to the auberge [inn] with a bullet in his stomach and nobody ever found the gun or his painting materials," legendary French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere - who co-wrote the script with Schnabel - told AFP on Monday.

"What we have been fighting against is the dark romantic legend of Van Gogh. In the last period of his life Van Gogh was working constantly. Every day he made a new work," he said.

His final weeks, when he painted the Portrait of Dr Gachet were "not at all sad," the writer argued.

Schnabel insisted that a man who had painted 75 canvasses in his 80 days at Auvers-sur-Oise was unlikely to be suicidal.

The theory that Van Gogh did not commit suicide was first raised in a 2011 biography of the painter by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.

Schnabel said neither the gun nor "the painting material he had that day were ever found. It is strange to bury your shit if you are committing suicide."




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