On 27 July 1890, in a field near Auvers, Vincent shot himself in the chest with a revolver. He died two days later, with his brother Theo at his bedside. Why did he choose to end his life?
Van Gogh's Death
Vincent’s letters suggest that he was mentally unstable:
‘my life, is attacked at the very root, my step also is faltering’
To Theo from Auvers-sur-Oise, 10 July 1890
He was also exhausted from working hard and the high standards he set for himself. He was uncertain about the future and felt that he had failed, as a man and as an artist.
Even though he was, in fact, starting to get recognition for his work.