Van Gogh's Ear
The True StoryBook - 2016
In Van Gogh's Ear Bernadette Murphy sets out to discover exactly what happened that night in Arles. Why would an artist at the height of his powers commit such a brutal act of self-harm? Was it just his lobe, or did Van Gogh really cut off his entire ear? Who was the mysterious "Rachel" to whom he presented his macabre gift? Murphy's investi#65533;gation takes us from major museums to the moldering contents of forgotten archives, vividly reconstructing the world in which Van Gogh moved--the madams and prostitutes, caf#65533; patrons and police inspectors, his beloved brother, Theo, and his fellow artist and house guest Paul Gauguin. With exclusive revela#65533;tions and new research about the ear and about Rachel, Bernadette Murphy proposes a bold new hypothesis about what was occur#65533;ring in Van Gogh's heart and mind as he made a mysterious delivery to a woman's doorstep that fateful night.
Van Gogh's Ear is a compelling detective story and a journey of discovery. It is also a portrait of a painter creating his most iconic and revolutionary work, pushing himself ever closer to greatness even as he edged towards madness--and the one fateful sweep of the blade that would resonate through the ages.
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VaughanPLLily Jan 31, 2018
I love Van Gogh's paintings, not only because they are vibrant and beautifully strange but also because they are so full of life. He worked so fervently even during the darkest days of his life. This book shed lights on many aspects of Van Gogh's life with archival evidence and detailed analysis.... Read More »