Vincent van Gogh’s life didn’t end well with the revolver shot in his stomach. Obviously his life was a struggle. But many times he wrote in his letters that he painted with joy and that he was happy to be in nature. Would he lie about this to make his family feel better? That would go against his honesty about his fight against mental problems.

Van Gogh was simply happy quite often and appreciated his life chasing his dreams to be a recognized artist. Also during the last months of his life in Auver-sûr-Oise.

Today 132 years ago, on or about 20 May 1890,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to his sister Willemien from Auvers-sur-Oise:

"In the last few days at St-Rémy I worked in a frenzy. Big bouquets of flowers, violet irises, big bouquets of roses. Landscapes.”

Couple walking among olive trees in a mountainous landscape with crescent moon
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, 1890
Oil on canvas
49,5 x 45,5 cm
São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil

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