Friday, July 29, 2011

Did Van Gogh die from cutting off his ear?

Did Van Gogh die from cutting off his ear? No. Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch painter who cut off his own earlobe in 1888, died on this date in 1890, two days after shooting himself in the chest with a pistol.

The postimpressionist painter suffered from depression and epileptoid seizures; to try to overcome the depression, he left home and moved to Arles, France. He was joined there for a time by Paul Gauguin.

Though he was a prolific artist — he completed nearly 900 paintings, over 1,000 drawings, and 150 watercolors, plus letter sketches and graphic designs — Van Gogh succeeded in selling only one painting in his lifetime.

Since his death, his paintings have been sold for many millions of dollars, including the Portrait of Dr. Gachet, which went for $82.5 million in 1990.

Quote: "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." — Vincent Van Gogh

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