Who was the subject of a painting titled “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear”?
VINCENT VAN GOGH
On this day in 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cut off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France. He later documented the event in a painting titled Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. This self-portrait was painted shortly after Van Gogh returned home from hospital. Today, Van Gogh is regarded as an artistic genius and his masterpieces sell for record-breaking prices; however, during his lifetime, he was a poster boy for tortured starving artists and sold only one painting.
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