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Van Gogh's Ear

Bernadette Murphy


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ISBN: 9781784702229
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In December 1888, Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. We meet police inspectors and cafe patrons, prostitutes and madams, his beloved brother Theo and fellow painter Paul Gauguin. Why did Van Gogh commit such a brutal act?
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  • Paperback
    $20.50
ISBN: 9781784702229
ANNOTATION:
In December 1888, Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. We meet police inspectors and cafe patrons, prostitutes and madams, his beloved brother Theo and fellow painter Paul Gauguin. Why did Van Gogh commit such a brutal act?

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In December 1888, Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. We meet police inspectors and cafe patrons, prostitutes and madams, his beloved brother Theo and fellow painter Paul Gauguin. Why did Van Gogh commit such a brutal act?

Publisher Description

In December 1888, Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. It is the most famous story about any artist in history. But what really happened on that dark winter night?

In Van Gogh's Ear, Bernadette Murphy reveals the truth. She takes us on an extraordinary journey from major museums to forgotten archives, vividly reconstructing Van Gogh's world. We meet police inspectors and cafe patrons, prostitutes and madams, his beloved brother Theo and fellow painter Paul Gauguin.

Why did Van Gogh commit such a brutal act? Who was the mysterious 'Rachel' to whom he presented his macabre gift? Did he really remove his entire ear? Murphy answers these important questions with her groundbreaking discoveries, offering a stunning portrait of an artist edging towards madness in his pursuit of excellence.

BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK PRIMETIME BBC2 DOCUMENTARY WITH JEREMY PAXMAN

Author Biography

Bernadette Murphy was born and brought up in the UK. She has lived in the south of France for most of her adult life and worked in many different fields. A series of chance events led her to start investigating the life of Van Gogh in Arles, but little did she know at the time quite what an exciting adventure it would turn out to be. Van Gogh's Ear is her first book.

Review

No one before has built up such a detailed picture of the people who surrounded the great artist. -- Martin Gayford Daily Telegraph She knows Provence with an intimacy that's rare in the ear genre. Her descriptions of the people, their landscape, their customs are unusually detailed... Her second stand-out quality is a doggedness that goes beyond the usual art-historical drives. Relentlessly she wrestles with the book's central mystery. -- Waldemar Januszczak Sunday Times Murphy's book rescues the real Van Gogh from the lazy cliches of tea towel memorabilia by painting an electric, nuanced portrait of a man who achieved artistic brilliance despite his mental health issues and not because of them. In doing so, she allows for a version of his history in which her subject's passion for life, art and humanity blooms like the sunflowers he painted. Daily Mail Murphy's revelations are fascinating and add intriguing details to the great crisis of Van Gogh's life. -- Michael Prodger The Times This book has the pace of a detective novel, sending fresh blood pulsing through an old tale as Murphy recreates the heartbreaking drama of Van Gogh's loosening grip on reality. Daily Mail

Review Text

" This book has the pace of a detective novel, sending fresh blood pulsing through an old tale as Murphy recreates the heartbreaking drama of Van Gogh's loosening grip on reality. "

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Why did Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear? This compelling detective story reveals the truth about the art world's greatest mystery

Product Details

Author
Bernadette Murphy
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2017
ISBN-10
1784702226
ISBN-13
9781784702229
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2017-06-08
Media
Book
Subtitle
The True Story
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
336
Short Title
Van Gogh's Ear
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade