Vincent rented a modest attic room at the Auberge Ravoux for three and a half francs a night. He used the ‘Painter’s Room’ downstairs to paint and to store his canvases.
Two months later, his body would be laid out in the same room. The suicide weapon was almost certainly a pistol taken from the landlord, Arthur Ravoux.
‘When I was sitting with him and told him we would try to cure him and that we kept hoping he would be spared this sort of despair, he said: “Sadness will last forever.” I understood what he meant. Shortly afterwards, he gasped for breath and a moment later closed his eyes.’
Theo van Gogh to his sister Lies, 5 August 1890