Why did Van Gogh cut off his ear?

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Two German historians argue that Van Gogh did not cut off his ear, but it was his friend 'Gauguin' who did. Paul Gauguin, a fence ace and French painter lived with Gogh for less than a year in 1888. They had a troubled friendship, Van Gogh was seized with a metabolic disease which made him violent, and his ear might have been cut off by Gauguin as an act of self defense.
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There are many theories about why Van Gogh cut off part of his ear. Almost all historians who have researched and written about the incident agree on these points: Van Gogh suffered
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He was in a sword fight and his ear got cut off.
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A result of a quarrel between Van Gogh and Gauguin, Van Gogh cut off his
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Actually, Van Gogh cut off only part of his ear and gave it to a prostitute. He did it because he was going insane due to untreated syphilis!
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Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch painter He apparently suffered from increasingly frequent bouts of mental illness and anxiety throughout his life and died at the age of 37, from what is said to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his own ear but lost it in a fight with fellow artist Paul Gauguin in a row outside a brothel, it has been claimed.
History has always painted Vincent Van Gogh as the artist who cut off his ear. But according to researchers, it was Paul Gauguin, an artist and his friend, who cut the ear.
Art historians have always agreed until now that Vincent Van Gogh cut off his own ear with a razor as he struggled with madness following a falling out with his fellow artist Paul Gauguin on Christmas Eve 1888. New studies however claim that his friend Gauguin actually cut the ear off.
Van Gogh was a Dutch impressionist who is renowned for his paintings and self portraits. It is not certain whether Van Gogh cut off his own ear or a fellow artist, Paul Gauguin did it. It is said that the two were good colleagues before Gauguin's arrogance caused a rift between them.
Van Gogh cut off his ear because of mental instability and at times psychotic behaviour, which he experienced. This Dutch post-Impressionist painter died of self inflicted gun shot wounds in 1890; this was attributed to episodes of mental instability.
Van Gogh was a Dutch impressionist painter whose work greatly influenced art in the 20th century. Some art historians claim that he did not chop off his year but his ear was cut off by his fellow painter Paul Gauguin. Another version of the story claims that Gogh was disturbed after an argument with Gauguin and he cut off his ear.
Vincent van Gogh is said to have cut his ear off after an argument he had with a friend for an unknown reason. Vincent Van Gogh was a sick man, and had many mental illnesses which more than likely played a role in him cutting his ear off.
Vincent Van Gogh has been seen as a man of great mental illness.He severed the lower part of his ear after a dispute with a fellow artist, Gaugin. Van Gogh feared they were parting ways.
The official story of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh is that he cut off his ear with a razor in 1888 after a disagreement with Paul Gauguin. After removing his own ear he reportedly walked to a brothel and gave his severed ear to a prostitute named Rachel and he then returned to his home.
Historians believe that Van Goghs account is false. Gauguin was a fencing ace and most likely severed the ear in a fight and the two men agreed to cover up the truth with the self mutiliation story.
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