Saturday, November 25, 2006

La tristesse durera toujours

Vincent Van Gogh, Wheat Field with Crows, Auvers-sur-Oise: July, 1890

Just a few weeks after finishing this masterpiece, Van Gogh's depression deepened, and on July 27, 1890, at the age of 37, he walked into the fields and shot himself in the chest with a revolver. He died in his bed two days later. His brother Theo reported his last words as "La tristesse durera toujours" (French for"the sadness will last forever").
La tristesse durera toujours... his millstone, as mine.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Today people know much more about this health condition than they did in Gogh's time.One day we hope the brain's chemical equilibrium will be just as possible to establish as for instance epilepsy related problems are nowadays. We just have to have the patience to wait...
Not do as Gogh did.
Besides we can´t shoot, can we?

Claudia said...

No. We can't shoot.

Rauf said...

He didn't want to be a burdon on Theo