The Ghost of Van Gogh’s Ear II

An immortal moment in art history has its anniversary today!

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Dec 23 1888–After an argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh takes a razor and removes a portion of his left ear. Their quarrel regarded the prostitutes in Arles who seemed to prefer Gauguin over Van Gogh; the painter delivered his ear to one Rachel, who preferred Van Gogh. She fainted.

I had a funny commentary to go along with this, and then I thought “Man, what really is there left to say?”

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