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 …..
We recently received the following Van Gogh inquiry from one of our Van Gogh Gallery site visitors. “I haven’t been able to find an answer to this, and it seems important: during the last years of his life, when Van Gogh was producing a painting a day or so, where were those paintings stored? 900 paintings takes up a lot of room. I think it’s important, because obviously somebody thought his paintings were important enough to take the trouble to warehouse them somewhere, and that must have cost quite a bit (not to mention the cost of paints and canvases that he was going through on a daily basis).” We …..