Today there was a news that Van Gogh didn’t actually cut off his ear, his best friend, Paul Gauguin did. At least, two Art history experts in Germany claim this after having researched for 10 years about what had happened during the Christmas Eve in 1888 in Arles, South France between these two impressionists.
Van Gogh lived at that time in the Yellow House (look at the pic) in Arles. Gauguin stayed with him in that little house. More detail about one of most remarkable friendship in the history of modern Art, you can find it here. At that night (24 December 1888) they had an argue about almost everything, from Rachel the prostitute till each other’s vision of painting. The argue was very bad that Gauguin decided to leave, which he did. While Gauguin was leaving the Yellow House with his luggage and his inseparable sabre, Van Gogh, who admired him so much, tried to stopped him. According to the German experts Gauguin should have repulsed Van Gogh with the sabre then which cut off Van Gogh. These friends should have agreed to keep it down. Reasons: for Gauguin he risked to be punished by law, for Van Gogh this valuable friendship which he couldn’t miss.
In one of Van Gogh’s last letters for Gauguin, he wrote “You keep quiet, I will do that too”. This sentence should have explained the agreement above, the German experts believe.
I don’t know if I would get the new theory I heard today in my mind. All this time I thought Van Gogh cut his own ear off during his Manic period (Van Gogh was a bipolar patient). What I know and witness is that these two unique characters influenced each other strongly but yet they managed to keep their own style.
So, I share some pics from Van Gogh and Gauguin here, enjoy.
Van Gogh’s Sun Flowers is his most famous serie. You can say the same about the serie Les Tahitiennes from Gauguin. He was married to one of the models in Tahiti.
Van Gogh painted one of the Sun Flowers paintings for a decoration in Gauguin’s room in the Yellow House.
This is Gauguin from behind, painted by Van Gogh. During their stay in the Yellow House, they were quite productive.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam