A new biography suggests that Van Gogh didn’t kill himself and he died from the aftermath of an accidental shooting. Clearly that is something that I would imagine is very difficult to prove. But however he died this bit of news does give me the opportunity to feature Don McLean’s 1972 UK number one hit “Vincent” which was written about Van Gogh.
The song was included on McLean’s classic ‘American Pie’ album. He wrote the song after reading a book about the life of Vincent Van Gogh in 1971. The lyrics describe a number of Van Gogh’s works and also suggest McLean’s admiration for the paintings and Van Gogh himself. I once visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and I found it quite a humbling experience. The impression I got was of a supremely talented artist who really didn’t know his true worth. What are your views on Mr Van Gogh?