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Re: Van Gogh question

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Fri, 02 Oct 1998 18:54:38 -0500

gregjuli wrote:

> Hi all,
> Whenever I teach about Van Gogh of course the question about the ear
> comes up.
> I have always read and even heard in a video about him that he cut the
> ear lob due to his anger over being rejected by another woman. Well
> this year while checking out art books at our local library, I came
> across a book by Robert Cummings called "Great Artists". He says that
> Van Gogh cut his ear because of an argument with Cezanne. Which is
> correct? I wrote the publisher and she said the author would be
> responding shortly. That was back in mid August! I did further
> research and still find the story about the woman. Can anyone set me
> straight? I want to give the students the right story.
> MaryB