Van Gogh Ear

December 23, 2021

Van Gogh gave an ear to his lover.

It’s a strange tale, but true according to historical accounts…

It happened on December 23, 1888, two days before the Christmas holiday. Vincent van Gogh was an exceptionally gifted artist but also odd and often described as paranoid. On December 23, he was recorded as suffering from some form of dementia that triggered a dangerous quarrel between him and another artist known as Paul Gauguin. What is interesting about the altercation is what followed after. 

Usually, when a disagreement occurs, each opposer’s intent is to attack the other verbally or physically. However, after threatening Mr. Gauguin with a knife, he turned that knife on himself and cut his ear off. Even stranger, Mr. Van Gogh apparently wrapped his bloody ear up and delivered it to an unnamed prostitute. He was reportedly hospitalized after the incident occurred and voluntarily checked himself into a mental institution after hospitalization.

What triggered the unusual incident is unknown. Mr. Gauguin was recorded as his friend, and both artists had been roommates for nearly two months before tensions arose. They were also recorded as working together on art projects. There’s no account of what Mr. Gauguin did or how he reacted when threatened with a knife. However, it appears as if Mr. van Gogh struggled with unstable moods, paranoia, and some form of unspecified psychosis that may have provoked discord between the two men.

 

5 Comments

  1. Pat Wallace

    There was a bull fighting arena a few blocks from where Van Gogh lived at the time. There’s a brutal tradition of cutting off a vanquished bull’s ear, parading it around the arena and finally presenting the ear to the fairest maiden in attendance. Van Gogh certainly had a flair for the dramatic and symbolic.

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  2. Kenya

    I did not know this and I look at art a right much

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  3. Kenya

    I did not know this and I look at art a right much I didn’t expect to read something like this wow he cut his ear off how long was he in a institution?

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  4. Gary

    The Thunberg info is useless as she is nothing more than an indoctrinated stooge of her parents,who should be ashamed of themselves for using her as a pawn in their gibberish socialism, but they would need moral and ethic fiber to regret their actions and we know they don’t have either…sadly…so sad to have ruined this young girl’s mind with such trash…

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    • Wayne Marshall

      How dare you! Her parents are carbon neutral except when they consume chili beans.

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