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Why Did Van Gogh Cut Off His Ear?

On December 23, 1888, famous painter Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear. Aside from his paintings, this action became what he was known for.


For more than 100 years, people debated the reason why he cut off his ear, but no one had come to a conclusion. Now, it seems there might be one.


Art expert Martin Bailey’s new book, “Studio of the South: Van Gogh in Provence” says that Van Gogh went through a breakdown after learning that his brother would be getting married. He feared that he would be abandoned both emotionally and financially after his brother’s marriage. The two were very close and Van Gogh was relying on his brother for financial help.


Some historians do not agree with this statement, saying that Van Gogh learned about the marriage after he lost his ear. Bailey disagrees, stating that clues have allowed him to come to this conclusion. This includes a letter with money from his brother on December 23.


Van Gogh continues to be known as one of the greatest painters of all time. His most famous work includes “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers”.


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