Artifacts #54


Dutch newspaper report from December 30, 1888: 'Last Sunday night at half past eleven a painter named Vincent Van Gogh, appeared at the maison de tolérance No 1, asked for a girl called Rachel, and handed her ... his ear with these words: 'Keep this object like a treasure.' Then he disappeared. The police, informed of these events, which could only be the work of an unfortunate madman, looked the next morning for this individual, whom they found in bed with scarcely a sign of life. The poor man was taken to hospital without delay.'

6 comments:

shake said...

This is in French. Could also be a Belgian newspaper. Not Dutch.

Peter Van Belle said...

The text is French, so it's likely from a French, rather than a Dutch, newspaper.

Paul Hazel said...

French newspaper, anyone?

Nicolas said...

FRENCH newspaper report

genn jene said...

What happened to the the ear?

Liesbeth en Karl said...

It was the local sunday paper in Arles, France.

And not an entire ear (newspapers haven't changed that much) but an earlobe. New research suggest Van Gogh's co-houser Paul Gauguin's fencing hobby might have had something to do with it.