On December 23, 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France. Gauguin, an excellent fencer, was planning to leave Van Gogh's "Yellow House" in Arles, southwestern France, after an unhappy stay. As that story goes, van Gogh cut off part of his own ear with a straight razor after he and Gauguin parted. The widely accepted story of Van Gogh's severed ear is that during the quarrel that night, Gauguin stormed out the house. In a fit of madness, Van Gogh grabbed a straight razor and followed, intending his friend harm, but returned home instead. Aston Villa close to £19 million Bertrand Traore signing but Wesley could be missing until next year Just before Christmas, they fell out. He is said to have wrapped it in cloth and handed it to a prostitute in a nearby brothel.Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh (1853-90)"Afterwards, he says to himself: 'nobody has seen me commit my crime, and nothing can prevent me from inventing a story which would hide the truth'," said Mr Kaufmann.
Not only did he frequently visit brothels, but he famously delivered his own severed ear to a prostitute, too. Dragons have no answer to Semi Radradra as Bristol march into European semis Later that night, after 10:00 P.M., Vincent took a razor and cut off a portion of his left ear. Gauguin, wanting to defend himself and wanting to get rid of 'the madman' drew his weapon and made a move towards van Gogh and by that he cut off his left ear." Van Gogh's ear 'was cut off by friend Gauguin with a sword' He is known as the tortured genius who cut off his own ear as he struggled with mental illness after the … However, Nina Zimmer, the curator of a major Van Gogh exhibition in Basel, was less sure: "Perhaps they're right, but all the hypotheses are valid given the lack of material," she told Le Figaro. He had walked out of the house with his baggage and his trusty épée in hand, but was followed by the troubled Van Gogh, who had earlier thrown a glass at him.But a new study claims Vincent Van Gogh may have made up the story to protect painter Paul Gauguin who actually lopped it off with a sword during an argument.The prevailing theory is that the Dutchman, who painted Sunflowers and the Potato Eaters, almost bled to death after slashing his own ear with a razor in a fit of lunacy on the night of December 23, 1888.German art historians say the true version of events never surfaced as the two men both kept a "pact of silence" – Gauguin to avoid prosecution and Van Gogh in a vain attempt to keep a friend with whom he was hopelessly infatuated.However, the new work from experts in Hamburg offers a very different version. But, 119 years after his death, the tortured post-Impressionist's bloody ear is at the centre of a new controversy, after two historians suggested that the painter did not hack off his own lobe but was attacked by his friend, the French artist Kaufmann told the Guardian: "Near the brothel, about 300 metres from the Yellow House, there was a final encounter between them: Vincent might have attacked him, Gauguin wanted to defend himself and to get rid of this 'madman'.
In Van Gogh's Ear: Paul Gauguin and the Pact of Silence, Hans Kaufmann and Rita Wildegans claim it was the sword attack, not Van Gogh's madness, that led him to commit suicide two years later. He could later recall nothing about the event. According to official versions, the disturbed Dutch painter cut off his ear with a razor after a row with Gauguin in 1888. He is known as the tortured genius who cut off his own ear as he struggled with mental illness after the breakdown of his friendship with a fellow artist.He then threw the weapon in the Rhône. They spent the autumn painting together before things soured. Gauguin is quoted as having said that he was able to quell van Gogh’s approach with just a glance. Patrick Reed relishes the battle as Winged Foot bites back at US Open Bleeding heavily, Vincent van Gogh's fame may owe as much to a legendary act of self-harm, as it does to his self-portraits. "That was propaganda and all part of Gauguin's self-defence strategy," said Mr Kaufmann. 'Twisted web of lies': Donald Trump launches attack on 'left-wing indoctrination' in US schools From what we can gather from accounts from Gauguin, the police, and his brother Theo, Vincent returned home while Gauguin stayed in a hotel. "This was a message to his brother. Van Gogh and Gauguin's troubled friendship was legendary. "He also pointed to one of Van Gogh's sketches of an ear, with the word "ictus" – the Latin term used in fencing to mean a hit. Van Gogh delivered the ear to the prostitute and staggered home, where police discovered him the following day, the new account claims. "According to official versions, the disturbed Dutch painter cut off his ear with a razor after a row with Gauguin in 1888. During one of these attacks, he used the knife. The authors believe that curious zigzags above the ear represent Gauguin's Zoro-like sword-stroke.Although the historians provide no "smoking gun" to back up their claims, they argue theirs is the most logical interpretation, and explains why in his final recorded words to Gauguin, Van Gogh writes: "You are quiet, I will be, too". Mr Kaufmann told the Daily Telegraph: "He writes that it's lucky Gauguin doesn't have a machine gun or other firearms, that he's stronger than him and that his 'passions' are stronger. There, he used the weapon on himself, slicing off one ear. However, Wildegans and Kaufmann suggest that what actually occurred was covered up in order to protect Paul Gauguin.