Asked in Vincent van Gogh
Why did Vincent van Gogh cut off his ears?
January 04, 2010 11:04PM
He only cut off one ear. He was in and out of various mental
institutions. Here is the answer from
which I think answers the question well: The piece of his
ear he severed he (in his view of romance) delivered to a
prostitute he thought was his girlfriend. The prosaic version is
that Vincent was going to attack Paul Gauguin with a razor, but
changed his mind, went back and directed his rage at himself.
"Paul Gauguin has written a letter to a friend where he tells about the incident. Gauguin had left their common lodgings and after a while he heard steps behind him. When he turned around he saw Vincent standing there brandishing a razor. Gauguin stood still just looking at Vincent. Soon Vincent turned and went back to his room, wher he cut off part of his ear. After he had been bandaged he wrapped up the 'object' and sent to the prostitute you mentioned." - Pernys32