5.06.2009

Who cut off Van Gogh's ear?

The accepted story has always been that Van Gogh was responsible for cutting off his own ear. But now, German art historians Hans Kaufmann and Rita Wildegans claim in a new book that Paul Gauguin in fact did the job with a fencing epee, as covered in the London Telegraph

From over here, however, it doesn't seem as if they have much basis for their case: "Although the historians provide no 'smoking gun' to back up their claims, they argue theirs is the most logical interpretation," writes the Telegraph, before listing such evidence as Van Gogh's cryptic final words to Gauguin, a reference to a French novel, and the use of a Latin fencing term in a Van Gogh painting. 

And suddenly we start to wonder if this is really just a buzz campaign for the new Dan Brown novel....

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