Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Who Cut Off Van Gogh's Ear?

For more than a century, Vincent Van Gogh has been known as the tortured genius who sliced off his own ear in a fit of madness. But a new study claims that Paul Gauguin actually lopped it off with a sword as the two artists argued over a prostitute. In a new book, German art historians Hans Kaufmann and Rita Wildegans contend Van Gogh let everyone think he had mutilated himself in order to protect Gauguin from prosecution, Britain's Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph reported yesterday. According to the book, Gauguin dumped the sword into the Rhone River but it has never been found. Click here or here to read the whole story...


  1. Actually this makes more sense doesn't it? I will be checking out the whole story as it sounds like an interesting one.

  2. Fascinating! I hadn't heard this. I'm intrigued!

  3. So interesting. I'm a big fan of both artists and find this fascinating.




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