Relative of Vincent van Gogh Killed

I’ve heard of people being verbally abused or even imprisoned for their art, but being killed for your art is a little extreme. Theo van Gogh (no, not Vincent’s brother) caused outrage in the Dutch Muslim community when he made a controversial 11 minute film about a Muslim woman that was abused in an arranged marriage. An obviously deranged psychopath has decided he did not like the message Van Gogh was spreading and has attacked and killed him..

Film-maker is murdered for his art

“Theo van Gogh, 47, the great-grand nephew of the 19th century painter Vincent van Gogh, was shot and stabbed to death while cycling past Amsterdam’s city council offices. Police arrested a 26-year-old man of dual Dutch-Moroccan nationality after a gunfight in a nearby park, which wounded a policeman and the alleged assailant.”


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Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. quite a shame that anybody would be killed over their art or their political beliefs.

    interestingly, i saw one news story call it “the first incident of terrorism in holland” which i think is silly. just because it involves islam doesn’t mean it’s terrorism. i would say “politically-motivated murder” would be a better term (and i doubt it’s the first one of those).

  2. It is a shame about the Van Gogh shooting, which is certainly not the act of a terrorist. The murderer was obviously unhinged.


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