Thursday, September 5, 2013
Vincent Van Gogh's words after cutting his ear off.
Amazingly, only four days after Vincent Van Gogh (VVG) cut his own ear off, the above report appeared in a Parisian newspaper. It was recently discovered and ballyhooed as to its contents, the story of what VVG did and said after the incident. The amazing part to me is that it made the paper at all.
"Here is a translation of the full report from Le Petit Journal, Paris, 26 December 1888:
Telegrams from our special correspondents, 24 December, ARLES
Yesterday evening someone called Vincent, an artist-painter from Holland, after cutting an ear with a razor, went and rang at the door of a house of ill repute and gave his ear in a folded piece of paper to the person who came to open it, saying “Take it, it will be useful”. He then left. The police searched for this individual and found him lying at his house. His very serious condition necessitated his transfer to hospital.”
This is from:
Martin Bailey, The Sunflowers are Mine: The Story of Van Gogh’s Masterpiece, is published by Frances Lincoln (London), 5 September 2013