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Van Gogh's Ear
Author: Bernadette Murphy

ISBN: 9781784740627
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 12 July 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 15.4 x 2.9
Description:
Why did Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear? This compelling detective story presents exclusive revelations about the greatest mystery surrounding one of the world's most famous artists.

On a dark night in Provence in December 1888 Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. It is an act that has come to define him. Yet for more than a century biographers and historians seeking definitive facts about what happened that night have been left with more questions than answers.

In Van Gogh's Ear Bernadette Murphy sets out to discover exactly what happened that night in Arles. Why would an artist at the height of his powers commit such a brutal act? Who was the mysterious 'Rachel' to whom he presented his macabre gift? Was it just his lobe, or did Van Gogh really cut off his entire ear? Her investigation takes us from major museums to the dusty contents of forgotten archives, vividly reconstructing the world in which Van Gogh moved - the madams and prostitutes, café patrons and police inspectors, his beloved brother Theo and his fellow artist and house-guest Paul Gauguin.

With exclusive revelations and new re...

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