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Why did Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear?

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asked Dec 28, 2015 in Painting by anonymous
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In 1888, Vincent Van Gogh rented a house in Arles, in southern France, where he hoped to found a colony for artists. He painted a number of works here, such as his paintings of sunflowers. The painter Paul Gauguin came to stay with Van Gogh. However, after a few months, the two began to feud, and on December 23, Van Gogh first threatened Gauguin with a knife and then turned the blade on himself, severing his left ear lobe.

 

 

Afterwards, he supposedly gave the severed ear lobe to a local prostitute before going to the hospital. He spent a year in a mental institution in Saint-Remy, where he painted some of his best-known works, such as Starry Night. After he was released, he lived near Paris in Auvers-sur-Oise. He continued to struggle with depression and killed himself at the age of 37 in July of 1890.

 

Sources:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/van-gogh-chops-off-ear

http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=7506786&page=1

answered Dec 30, 2015 by Mark Wink (13,830 points)

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