I couldn’t resist posting this:
Gauguin may have cut off Van Gogh’s ear
Tuesday 05 May 2009
Vincent van Gogh’s ear may have been cut off in a fight with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, British paper the Daily Telegraph reports on Tuesday, quoting German researchers.
Van Gogh is believed to have cut off his own ear as he struggled with mental illness. But German art historians say he may have made up the story to protect Gauguin who actually cut it off with a sword during an argument.
The two men both kept a ‘pact of silence’ – Gauguin to avoid prosecution and Van Gogh in a vain attempt to keep a friend with whom he was hopelessly infatuated, the Telegraph claims.
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Funnily enough, there’s a mechanical Van Gogh at the music box museum. You can see a picture of it on the museum’s website. I remember joking with Amy about whether or not the mechanical version had both ears. According to Van Gogh’s own painting, I think the missing ear was on the side we couldn’t see. I meant to ask the guide, but got caught up in some of the other pieces in the room.