Paris tours are always promising with museums, Eiffel Tower, dinner cruises, day trips, and a lot more. This city is aesthetical with great artworks, delicious food items, and finest wines. However, Paris has a darker side too, where it hides its deep secrets and unsettling enigmas.
Van Gogh’s Death
Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most gifted artists on the planet had a lot of issues along with his talent. While he was staying at the Parisian suburb of Auvers in 1890, Van Gogh used to go out to the nearby wheat fields for painting. On 27th of July, he was found dead, shot in his stomach.
The death was assumed it to be a suicide as Van Gogh had been thought to be mentally unstable. However, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, the historians who won the Pulitzer Prize, stated that this theory is completely untrue. This is because no gun was found near his body and there were no possible ways for him to get a gun. There were no signs of a suicide note either. In addition, he had written an optimistic letter to his brother before his death, and had also ordered a new set of paints.
According to Naifeh and Smith, a 16-year-old boy named Rene Secretan, who belonged to a rich family, was the culprit behind the act. This boy used to bullying Van Gogh after his arrival to Auvers, and he had an old gun as well. Naifeh and Smith were also able to find witnesses who had seen Van Gogh before he was shot. They testified that they had seen him on the road heading to the Secretan family home and not the wheat fields.
The Venus De Milo
The Venus De Milo is one of the most popular and beautiful artworks in the entire world. It was discovered in 1820 and is now kept for display at the Louvre. The statue of Venus is a broken work of art with no arms. There are chances that these broken arms to give a whole new meaning to the statue.
Lately, a professor from Occidental College and a San Diego designer scanned the entire statue. They created a 3D image of it and ascertained the original positioning of the missing arms of the statue. According to their findings, the statue of Venus must have been holding a distaff and thread.
There are also other theories stating that the statue was holding a shield, which symbolized victory or a baby representing motherhood. There are many other suggestions too, such as she was holding an apple or a mirror, or even wearing jewelry. There is an endless list of possibilities. Just as what she holds is unknown, who she is actually supposed to be is unclear too. However, the present name of the statue tells that she was the Goddess of Love; there are also other suggestions as well that she could be a Sea Goddess.
The Missing Tribute to John Paul Jones
It is said that the hero of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones was a ladies’ man and that made him stay in Paris. Many women longed for him; they sent him perfumed letters and even painted his portrait.
The Comtesse de Lowendahl was a woman of honor. She was a married woman who hoped to use her friendship with Jones for the career growth of her husband. She presented Jones a miniature portrait when he was about to leave Paris.
Jones thought that she had romantic feelings for him and sent her a lock of his hair and secret codes that could be used in love letters. Perplexed by what had happened, she declined his affection in a series of her letters. Jones, in order to save his face, denied the truth that he took the portrait as a romantic gesture. Nobody knows what happened to the portrait after it created all these troubles.
Hemingway’s Stolen Works
Ernest Hemingway’s works mysteriously disappeared in the Paris train and nobody knew its whereabouts. Hadley, the first wife of Hemingway, was living in Paris in 1922, at that time when Ernest used to travel to Europe as a reporter. Ernest once met a publisher in Switzerland, and asked Hadley to take some of his unpublished works and meet him at Geneva. Therefore, Hadley packed all his works, which included originals and carbon copies in a suitcase, and took a train to Paris.
Hiding the suitcase in the luggage compartment, she went to get some water. However, when she returned, the suitcase was missing. She asked help from the train workers but they were unable to find it. Hadley rode all way to Geneva without knowing what to tell her husband. The work was never recovered and it left a devastating effect in Hemingway’s relationship with his wife. The person who had taken his case might have been disappointed in finding nothing other than the obscure writings of the American author in it.