The First Biography of Vincent van Gogh

Soon after Van Gogh’s death in the early morning of July 29, 1890, his close friend and fellow artist, Emile Bernard, arrived for the funeral.  Bernard wrote to Albert Aurier saying, “On Wednesday 30 July, yesterday that is, I arrived in Auvers at about 10 o’clock. His brother, Theodore van ghohg [sic], was there together with Dr. Gachet. Also Tanguy (he had been there since 9 o’clock). Charles Laval accompanied me. The coffin was already closed, I arrived too late to see the man again who had left me four years ago so full of expectations of all kinds…” He closes his letter with: “You know how much I loved …..

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