Art Historians Discover Place Where Van Gogh Painted His Last Masterpiece

Postcard Rue Daubigny, Auvers-sur-Oise overlaid with the painting Tree Roots (1890) by Vincent van Gogh. ©arthénon.

A group of art historians has discovered the exact location where Vincent van Gogh painted his final masterpiece before his death in 1890.

When Wouter van der Veen, scientific director of the Institut van Gogh, found an early 20th-century postcard featuring a scene including tree trunks and roots growing on a hillside, he immediately sent it to a pair of senior researchers at the Van Gogh Museum.

Based on Van Gogh’s working habits and the comparative study of the famous Tree Roots painting beside the postcard, the experts concluded it’s ‘highly plausible’ that the correct location had been identified.

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