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The real reason Van Gogh cut off his ear

The conventional account of Van Gogh’s notorious injury is that he cut off the bottom part of his ear and gave it to a prostitute called Rachel.

But Bernadette Murphy, author of Van Gogh’s Ear: The True Story, says this is not true, and believes she knows the real reason he mutilated himself.

(Image: Van Gogh. Credit: BBC)

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