39th year  -  N° 200                 Thursday, 18 July 2024         Antwerpen		
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Monday 24th of December 1888

136 years ago He Gave it to Gabrielle

35-year-old impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off the lobe of his left ear in Rue du Bout d'Arles, Arles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.

Van Gogh supposedly gave it to Gabrielle Berlatier, a farmer’s daughter who worked as a maid at a brothel frequented by Van Gogh. He was found unconscious the next morning by a policeman and taken to hospital where Félix Rey, a young doctor still in training, treated him. The ear was delivered to the hospital but Rey did not attempt to reattach it as too much time had passed.