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VAN GOGH’S LAST PAINTING

Theo van Gogh and his brother-in-law Andries (‘Dries’) Bonger sorted through Vincent’s paintings at the inn following his death. But which was truly his last work?


The supposed last work

B) Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield with Crows, 1890

For many people, this painting was long believed to be Vincent’s last. Crows and gathering storms are often perceived as ominous, and so this work came to be interpreted as a portent of the artist’s death.

All the same, it cannot have been his final painting, as he completed it in early July 1890. Many more works followed in the remaining weeks, during which Vincent produced almost one a day.

The very last work

A) Vincent van Gogh, Tree Roots, 1890

According to Dries Bonger, what Vincent painted on the day he shot himself was a forest scene, ‘full of sun and life’: Tree Roots. The canvas is not entirely finished, and might have been intended as a kind of farewell note.

Some of the elms are on the brink of falling from the limestone wall. Their roots have loosened already; their death is inevitable. Was Vincent sketching his own situation?

Also unfinished

C) Vincent van Gogh, Farms at Auvers, 1890, Tate Gallery, London

The second unfinished painting found after Vincent’s death was this landscape with farms. Dries later submitted it as Village: Final Sketch for an exhibition in Paris.

It is Vincent’s second to last painting, which he probably made the day before his suicide attempt.

(Read more: Meet Vincent. The end of a difficult road. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)

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Jeanne Calment is the world’s longest- living person. 

She’s also fascinating af, so I gathered some more facts about her for you:

She once said: “I’ve never had but one wrinkle, and I’m sitting on it.”

She remembered Van Gogh as being “dirty, badly-dressed, and disagreeable,” as well as “very ugly, ungracious, impolite, and sick.”

She outlived her husband, her only child, her only grandson, and a lawyer who hoped to take possession of her apartment.

She later lived off the income of that apartment, which she sold to a man under the agreement that he would not take ownership until she died. She outlived him too; he died after paying $184,000 (double the market value) for the property.

At 114, she made a cameo as herself in the film Vincent and Me, and became the oldest woman to ever appear in a film.

At her 121st birthday, she released a CD called ‘Time’s Mistress,’ which featured her 'reminiscing to a score of rap and other tunes.’

She quit smoking 2 years before she died, which, her doctor says, was not for health reasons, but because she’d gone blind and couldn’t see well-enough to light her cigarettes.

On February 21, 1997, her 122nd birthday, it was announced that she would no longer make public appearances because her health had seriously deteriorated. It was said that this “allowed her to die, as the attention had kept her alive.”

She still managed to live 6 more months, and died on August 4 of unknown causes.

Before and after her death, many claimed to have longer lives, but none was officially proven, therefore making her the reigning record-holder for oldest verified person ever.

She credited her long life, in part, to being calm ('that’s why they call me Calment’) and maintaining her sense of humor: 

“I will die laughing.”

Source   Source 2

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“What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.” ― Vincent van Gogh