Van Gogh’s Ear was the most comprehensive book I’ve ever read about Vincent Van Gogh. The book, the result of seven years of research by Bernadette Murphy, will completely change what you know about Van Gogh. As with all the works that are very well done, I can say that this book deserves all the praise it receives.

Van Gogh's Ear - Bernadette Murphy

Van Gogh’s Ear will completely destroy the image of the “mad painter” engraved on your mind over the years. You will see a Van Gogh very close to reality. Not only Van Gogh, but you’ll also see the people around him. The book illuminates a period of painter’s life in Arles. And as you learn more details about his life, you’ll see that you are getting closer to the painter. And of course, you will be amazed by the excellent research the author has done. It is a good thing that there are such people and we get to learn a lot about our favourite artists.

If you love the painter and want to learn more about him, you’ve got to read this book. I was particularly surprised when I found out who Rachel actually was. It is your turn. Enjoy!

About the book: Van Gogh’s Ear

In December 1888, Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. It is the most famous story about any artist in history. But what really happened on that dark winter night?
In Van Gogh’s Ear, Bernadette Murphy reveals the truth. She takes us on an extraordinary journey from major museums to forgotten archives, vividly reconstructing Van Gogh’s world. We meet police inspectors and cafe patrons, prostitutes and madams, his beloved brother Theo and fellow painter Paul Gauguin.
Why did Van Gogh commit such a brutal act? Who was the mysterious ‘Rachel’ to whom he presented his macabre gift? Did he really remove his entire ear? Murphy answers these important questions with her groundbreaking discoveries, offering a stunning portrait of an artist edging towards madness in his pursuit of excellence.

About the author: Bernadette Murphy

Bernadette Murphy was born and brought up in the UK. She has lived in the south of France for most of her adult life and worked in many different fields.

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Van Gogh's Ear - Bernadette Murphy

Reading this book contributed to these challenges: 

Reading Challenge 2019 – The Year of Women Writers

Books About Art and Artists

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