Van Gogh's Ear

Van Gogh's Ear

Bernadette Murphy / Apr 06, 2020

Van Gogh s Ear Why would an artist cut off his ear The best known and most sensational event in Vincent van Gogh s life is also the least understood For than a century biographers and historians seeking definitive

  • Title: Van Gogh's Ear
  • Author: Bernadette Murphy
  • ISBN: 9780374537135
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why would an artist cut off his ear The best known and most sensational event in Vincent van Gogh s life is also the least understood For than a century, biographers and historians seeking definitive facts about what happened on a December night in Arles have unearthed questions than answers Why would an artist at the height of his powers commit such a brutal aWhy would an artist cut off his ear The best known and most sensational event in Vincent van Gogh s life is also the least understood For than a century, biographers and historians seeking definitive facts about what happened on a December night in Arles have unearthed questions than answers Why would an artist at the height of his powers commit such a brutal act Who was the mysterious Rachel to whom he presented his macabre gift Did he use a razor or a knife Was it just a segment or did Van Gogh really lop off his entire ear In Van Gogh s Ear, Bernadette Murphy reveals, for the first time, the true story of this long misunderstood incident, sweeping away decades of myth and giving us a glimpse of a troubled but brilliant artist at his breaking point Murphy s detective work takes her from Europe to the United States and back, from the holdings of major museums to the moldering contents of forgotten archives She braids together her own thrilling journey of discovery with a narrative of Van Gogh s life in Arles, the sleepy Proven al town where he created his finest work, and vividly reconstructs the world in which he moved the madams and prostitutes, caf patrons and police inspectors, shepherds and bohemian artists We encounter Van Gogh s brother and benefactor Theo, his guest and fellow painter Paul Gauguin, and many local subjects of Van Gogh s paintings, some of whom Murphy identifies for the first time Strikingly, she uncovers previously unknown information about Rachel and uses it to propose a bold new hypothesis about what was occurring in Van Gogh s heart and mind as he made a mysterious delivery to her doorstep.As it reopens one of art history s most famous cold cases, Van Gogh s Ear becomes a fascinating work of detection It is also a study of a painter creating his most iconic and revolutionary work, pushing himself ever closer to greatness even as he edged toward madness and one fateful sweep of the blade that would resonate through the ages.

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    About "Bernadette Murphy"

      • Bernadette Murphy

        Bernadette Murphy writes about literature, women, risk taking, and life from motorcycles to knitting She has published three books of narrative nonfiction the bestselling Zen and the Art of Knitting, The Knitter s Gift, and The Tao Gals Guide to Real Estate her newest book, Look, Lean Roll A Woman, A Motorcycle, and Plunging into Risk, will be published in Spring 2016 by Counterpoint Press She is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Department of Antioch University Los Angeles and a former weekly book critic for the Los Angeles Times Her essays have appeared in Ms magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, San Jose Mercury News, Newsday, BOOK magazine, and elsewhere She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is the mother of three amazing young adults Her website is Bernadette Murphy.


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    1. Fascinating, though some of her conclusions might be a bit fantastical. Solidly researched. Murphy uncovers some interesting new information about this incident and you will never think of Van Gogh the same after reading this book.


    2. Just when you think there is no more to learn about Van Gogh, someone cares enough to do forensic research into missing evidence and sets his paintings in context with more humanity than the persitent legend. First heard this book on Radio 4's book of the week.


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