119 years after his death, art historians are saying that it’s possible that Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his own ear, it was actually lost in a fencing accident with French artist Paul Gaugin.
According to official versions, the disturbed Dutch painter cut off his ear with a razor after a row with Gauguin in 1888. Bleeding heavily, Van Gogh then walked to a brothel and presented the severed ear to an astonished prostitute named Rachel before going home to sleep in a blood-drenched bed. Creating what I’m sure were sweet dreams for himself and Rachel the Whore.
Thought for all this time to have been self-mutilation, the severed ear may have been a consequence of domestic dispute… A girl can still believe…in madness!
Read the whole story from Guardian UK here.