What can be done – you see I usually try to be quite good-humoured, but my life, too, is attacked at the very root, my step also is faltering. I feared – not completely – but a little nonetheless – that I was a danger to you, living at your expense – but Jo’s letter clearly proves to me that you really feel that for my part I am working and suffering like you.Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh and Jo van Gogh-Bonger. Auvers-sur-Oise, on or about Thursday 10 July 1890.
Vincent Van Gogh Last Painting
Wheat Field with Crows, painted in July of 1890 and one of Van Gogh’s paintings of the fields surrounding Auvers-sur-Oise, is frequently believed to be his last painting. But according to the Van Gogh Museum “Wheatfield with Crows is one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. It is often claimed that this was his very last work. The menacing sky, the crows and the dead-end path are said to refer to the end of his life approaching. But that is just a persistent myth. In fact, he made several other works after this one.”
On July 28, 2020, an event was held to reveal what is regarded as Vincent Van Gogh’s last painting. This from the Van Gogh Museum:
28 July 2020: Today in Auvers-sur-Oise a ceremony took place to reveal the place where 130 years ago, shortly before his suicide, Vincent van Gogh painted his final masterpiece, ‘Tree Roots’. In attendance were Emilie Gordenker, the general director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and Willem van Gogh, the great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo. Van Gogh Museum
“Frantically and fervently rooting itself, as it were, in the earth, and yet being half torn up by the storm. I wanted to express something of life’s struggle, both in that white, slender female figure and in those gnarled black roots with their knots. Or rather, because I tried without any philosophizing to be true to nature, which I had before me, something of that great struggle has come into both of them almost inadvertently. At least it seemed to me that there was some sentiment in it, though I may be mistaken, anyway, you’ll have to see for yourself.”To Theo van Gogh. The Hague, Monday, 1 May 1882.
Google Arts & Culture provides an augmented and street view of Tree Roots that takes you to the Van Gogh Museum