Postcard from the edge reveals where Van Gogh made his final ...


Postcard from the edge reveals where Van Gogh made his final painting

Thanks to lockdown, the artist’s family pinpoint the exact spot that he painted hours before his death

David Chazan

An art expert has pinpointed the exact spot where Vincent van Gogh was painting just hours before he shot himself, museum officials announced on Tuesday at a ceremony commemorating the 130th anniversary of his suicide.

The picture, Tree Roots, was identified as the Dutch post-impressionist painter’s last work a few years ago. Now, a postcard has made it possible to locate the scene it depicts in Auvers-sur-Oise, a village north of Paris.

Willem van Gogh, the great-grandson of the artist’s brother Theo, and Emilie Gordenker, director of the Van Gogh Museum ( in Amsterdam, unveiled a plaque at the spot, which will soon be opened to the public. It is close to the Auberge Ravoux, the inn where Van Gogh spent his last 70 days before dying in his garret room on July 29 1890...

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