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VAN GOGH'S EAR: THE TRUE STORY. Bernadette Murphy. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2016. 342 pp. with 57 ills. (25 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2016-941448 ISBN 9780374279691 In English.
Publisher's description: The best-known and most sensational event in Vincent van Gogh's life is also the least understood. For more than a century, biographers and historians seeking definitive facts about what happened on a December night in Arles have unearthed more 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, cafe patrons and police inspectors, shepherds and bohemian artists.
Artist(s):Gogh, Vincent van
Indexing: Western, Europe — Netherlands — 1800-1900 — Painting, (Auto)Biography
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 175658
Hardcover $27.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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