Book: Gauguin cut off van Gogh's ear

Everyone’s heard the story of Vincent van Gogh cutting his own ear off in a fit of madness. But a new book claims Paul Gauguin actually sliced off the organ, either in anger or self-defense. German art historians have analyzed correspondence between the artists that lead them to believe they kept it quiet to avoid prosecution.

At right: Self-portrait (1887, oil, 16.5×13.25)

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