Beautiful still life painted by Van Gogh just weeks before he shot himself



A ‘beautiful and poignant’ still life painted by Vincent Van Gogh just weeks before his suicide is expected to fetch up to £30million when it goes on auction this autumn.

‘Still life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies’ has been described as the most important painting of its kind to go on the market in two decades.

It was produced by the Dutch artist in 1890 at the house of his close friend Dr. Gachet in Auvers-sur-Oise, Paris – not long before he shot himself in the chest with a revolver, aged 37.

Van Gogh painted just a few hundred works in his career, the majority of which are now displayed in museums.

The painting will be sold by auction house Sotheby’s in New York on November 4.  

Simon Shaw, co-head of Impressionist and modern art at Sotheby’s, described the work as ‘beautiful’ and ‘vibrant’, capturing ‘the intensity of the artist at the height of his mania, only weeks before his tragic end.’

He said the Dutch artist’s early death meant his works were in ‘radically diminished supply’. 

He added: ‘Unlike Monet and Picasso, who were very productive artists with long, prolific careers, Van Gogh only painted for a very short time.’

The artist is believed to have suffered from bipolar disorder, where manic episodes of high energy and creativity succumbed to spells of depression.

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