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The World Tonight | Van Gogh's Ear

Who cut off Van Gogh's ear?

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 05 May 2009

DURATION | 3 minutes 23 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

2009

Synopsis

New evidence calls into question the widely accepted fact that Van Gogh cut off part of his own ear. Fresh research suggests that it was fellow artist Paul Gauguin who inflicted the injury and that the two friends entered into an agreement never to speak of the circumstances that led up to this event. Hans Kaufmann, whose book finally reveals the details of this pact, speaks to Robin Lustig.

Contributors

Robin Lustig
Presenter
Hans Kaufmann
Contributor
Subject of programme

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