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Van Gogh’s Ear by Bernadette Murphy

In 1888, Vincent van Gogh cut his ear, an act that cemented him as a troubled talent never appreciated during his time. Now, in this engaging book, author Bernadette Murphy reshapes the defining event, reconstructing it with contents lost to forgotten archives. The author’s sleuthing brings to light incident specifics, and the intricacies and circles of van Gogh’s world, with references to his devoted brother Theo and fellow Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin.