The Theories of Vincent van Gogh’s Ear

Vincent van Gogh is a well known artist but part of the fame and legend of the man is because of the mystery surrounding the incident with his ear. It is widely believed that following an argument with fellow artist Paul Gauguin, Van Gogh returned home, and with a razor, cut off a portion of his left ear. He then took the piece of ear to a nearby brothel and gave it to a woman named Rachel to whom he said, “Guard this object carefully.” You can read more about the incident on our site, Van Gogh Gallery, here. Though many scholars believe the above explanation is as close to …..

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Vincent van Gogh’s Uncle Cent

The artist Vincent van Gogh had an older brother with the same name, who died at birth one year before Vincent was born. He was Vincent’s namesake. However, they were both named after their father’s brother, Vincent (Cent) van Gogh. For an unknown reason, Cent and his wife, Cornelia, were unable to have children which made Vincent, the bearer of his name, the closest thing to a son Cent would ever experience. This also made Vincent an apparent heir to Cent’s estate. Uncle Cent, as Vincent referred to him, was a well to do man who dressed impeccably and lived in a large townhouse in The Hague. Cent was lighthearted and …..

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The Man is at Sea (after Demont-Breton)

French painter, Virginie Demont-Breton exhibited her engraving, Her Man is Out to Sea, also called Her Husband is Gone to Sea, at the Salon of 1889. Later that year The Man is at Sea was painted by Vincent van Gogh, while he was in the Saint Paul asylum in Saint-Remy. During his time in the asylum Van Gogh painted his surroundings but he also spent time re-creating works by other artists. Van Gogh produced some 30 different copies of works by other artists during his time in the asylum in an attempt to be reinvigorated artistically. He did not simply copy the works but he translated them through his own …..

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