Van Gogh's Ear

Van Gogh's Ear

The True Story

By  Bernadette Murphy

Why did Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear? This compelling detective story reveals the truth about the art world's greatest mystery

In December 1888, Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. It is the most famous story about any artist in history. But what really happened on that dark winter night?

In Van Gogh's Ear, Bernadette Murphy reveals the truth. She takes us on an extraordinary journey from major museums to forgotten archives, vividly reconstructing Van Gogh's world. We meet police inspectors and café patrons, prostitutes and madams, his beloved brother Theo and fellow painter Paul Gauguin.

Why did Van Gogh commit such a brutal act? Who was the mysterious 'Rachel' to whom he presented his macabre gift? Did he really remove his entire ear? Murphy answers these important questions with her groundbreaking discoveries, offering a stunning portrait of an artist edging towards madness in his pursuit of excellence.

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9781784702229

July 31, 2017

Vintage

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9781784740627

July 12, 2016

Chatto & Windus

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9781784740610

July 15, 2016

Chatto & Windus

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9781473523722

July 12, 2016

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