Vincent van Gogh cuts a part of his left ear (1888)


 
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Saturday, 23 December 2017


1888 -

On the 23th of December in the year 1888, Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh cuts a part of his left ear. Van Gogh is known for his beautiful paintings, but maybe even more because of this action.



Biography
Vincent Willem van Gogh was born in Zundert, The Netherlands on the 30th of March in 1853. He decided to become an artist at the age of 27. He moved to his brother Theo van Gogh, an art dealer in Paris. Theo supported him financially and introduced him to a number of other artists, like the French artist Paul Gauguin. Gauguin and Van Gogh worked together for almost two months until their friendship came to an end when they got into a fight.

The myths
There are multiple stories about the ear-incident. Some believe he cut his own ear because he suffered from depression. Others believe that Paul Gauguin cut off his ear with a sword in a fight with Van Gogh. We might never found out what happened, but we do know that Van Gogh had periods of time when he was very depressed and unhappy with his life. Therefore, he shot himself on July, 27 in 1890, from which he died two days later.



360 trivial fact
Van Gogh went to a mental institution in Saint-Remy after the ear-incident. He stayed for a year and made some of his best and most famous paintings while he was in this institution.

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