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Why did Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear?

Vincent van Gogh He was a painter who left one of the greatest mysteries in the art world.

And we are not referring to the secrets that his paintings kept or his crazy life, but to that event that occurred before Christmas in 1888, in which it is said that Van Gogh cut off his ear in the middle of a mental crisis.

It is well known that the artist suffered from epilepsy attacks and that his psychological disorders accompanied him until his last days, as we tell you in this note about the curiosities of his painting ‘The Starry Night’.

Also, it is said that his condition was also due to his consumption of alcohol and other substances, but what led him to cut his ear?

Why did Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear?

According to historians, the most official version of the reason why Van Gogh mutilated his ear that night in 1888, is that the painter in the middle of an existential crisis and possibly under the effects of the excess absinthe that he drank, cut his left ear with a razor blade, wrapped it in a handkerchief and ran to a brothel to give it to a prostitute and he went away. She was shocked, spoke to the police and told them what happened.

The police went to look for Van Gogh at his home and found him bled to death and very weak.

Paul Gauguin’s theory

Another theory is that the French artist Paul Gauguin was the one who cut off the ear to Van Gogh to defend themselves from a fight they had, as it is also said that they had a secret relationship.

It is said that both of them were intoxicated and began to argue because Gauguin He asked Van Gogh that he went to live in Paris, since the painter was living in Arles at the time and was upset.

They started a fight and when Gauguin defended himself cut off Van Gogh’s ear, but this one denied that Gauguin cut the ear to him possibly so that he would not be accused.

Another of the theories

In relation to the first theory, there is a new version published in the book ‘Van Gogh’s ear: the true story’ of the English writer Bernardette Murphy.

The author tells in the book that the Van Gogh cut off his ear looking at herself in the same mirror she used for her famous self-portraits, and the alleged prostitute who received her “as a gift” was the daughter of a farmer who worked as a brothel cleaner.

Whatever theory it is, it is undoubtedly one of the greatest mysteries in the art world.

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