Skip to comments.Found: The Clue To Van Gogh’s Ear
Posted on 12/26/2009 5:25:48 PM PST by Steelfish
Found: The Clue To Van Goghs Ear
[Pic in URL] Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) The mystery behind the most famous mutilation in art history may finally have been solved. A scholar has found evidence that a distraught Vincent van Gogh slashed his ear after learning that his brother, Theo, on whom he depended financially and emotionally, was about to get married.
Martin Bailey, who has written a book on van Gogh and curated two exhibitions of his work, devised his theory after meticulous detective work on a letter in a painting that the artist completed soon after he injured himself.
Bailey concludes that this letter was written by Theo from Paris in December 1888 and contained news of his engagement. This, he believes, tipped Vincent, who was already psychologically disturbed, into self-harm. Vincent van Goghs letters show the soul of the artist Vincent was fearful that he might lose his brothers emotional and financial support, writes Bailey in the January edition of The Art Newspaper.
For years disputes have raged over what really happened to van Goghs ear just before Christmas 1888. Some have blamed his mental illness, others have said he was driven mad by lead in his paints. The breakdown of his friendship with Paul Gauguin, his fellow artist, has also been cited, although it is claimed that Gauguin made up this story himself.
Academics at Hamburg University argued recently that Gauguin, with whom van Gogh shared a house at Arles in the south of France, cut the ear in a quarrel over a prostitute called Rachel.
Van Gogh gave ample evidence of his mental instability when, 19 months after the ear was cut, he shot himself in the chest and died from his wounds two days later.
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We all suffer for our art, whatever it may be. *SHRUG*
Some years ago, while members of an Art Museum in Memphis, my very artistic wife dressed us up for an annual party.
She painted a dress that looked like “Starry Night”, and I went dressed as Van Gough, complete with a head bandage over a bloody ear.
A color photo of us wound up in the local paper.
Since then, I have been to the Van Gough museum in Amsterdam
a few times...well worth the visit, if your ever there.
His last painting.
I do have a mug like this except it has the “Sunflowers” imprint.
I’m pretty sure I didn’t have anything to do with it.
Van Gogh might say to you “Nobody has a mug like mine”....but then again maybe he wouldn’t have heard you.
I agree, the museum is worth a visit. I was there when I was 21 and have been a fan of his ever since.
The letter in the lower right is the one they claim van Gogh painted as a reference to his brother getting married.