Did Gaugin Cut Off VanGogh’s Ear?

'Self-portrait with cut ear' by Vincent Van Gogh. Photograph: Roger-Viollet/Rex Features

'Self-portrait with cut ear' by Vincent Van Gogh. Photograph: Roger-Viollet/Rex Features

OMG!  I just read a very interesting art news article from the UK that perhaps Gaugin cut of VanGogh’s ear…and they agreed to cover it up!

As an art teacher I simply mention VanGogh’s name and the one fact that young children have already heard…and ask about…is that he cut his own ear off!!  Who would do that?  OUCH!  I can now present an alternate and more believable…and perhaps more exciting…version of the story.  Everyone loves a swordfight…..  read the article

And an article from Jonathan Jones, who doesn’t believe it….read his article  You can decide for yourself…I say:  “Gaugin did it!”

Misunderstood and undervalued ... Self-portrait with Palette c 1894 by Paul Gauguin. Photograph: Francis G.Mayer/Corbis

Misunderstood and undervalued ... Self-portrait with Palette c 1894 by Paul Gauguin. Photograph: Francis G.Mayer/Corbis

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~ by chezchristineo on May 10, 2009.

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