Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear  

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Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe (1889) by Vincent van Gogh
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Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe (1889) by Vincent van Gogh

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Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear [1]

There are two self portraits of van Gogh with bandaged ear:

  1. Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear, Easel and Japanese Print [2]
  2. Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe

The Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography: Themes Depicted in Works of Art remarked that "Vincent van Gogh's Self—Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889) represents perhaps the most anguished expression of the suffering artist whose vision remained unaccepted.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information notes that "the self-portrait painted in January 1889, with the artist wearing a fur cap and his left ear roughly bandaged around his chin, is well known. The bandage was presumably to hide the ear wound. There are two versions of this painting, one in the Courtauld Institute, London (60 × 49 cm) and the other in a private collection in Chicago (51 × 45 cm) but in the latter he has a pipe from the right side of the mouth. Otherwise the portraits are similar. There is no self-portrait showing the left ear uncovered. However, a sketch by his friend Dr Gachet of the artist on his death-bed, signed P van Rijssel (a pseudonym), does show the left ear. The drawing is poor but most of the pinna is intact. The likely injury was to a part of the lobule, with or without slight injury to the helix.[3]

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