35 Unusual Facts About the Infamous Painter Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh created a picture of his doctor titled Portrait of Félix Rey in January 1889, which is in the Pushkin Museum. There is a note written by Dr Rey for novelist Irving Stone with sketches of the damage to van Gogh’s ear. Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.

34. Van Gogh Actually Cut Off Only Part Of His Ear

Today, most people hear about the painter Vincent van Gogh because of the legend that he cut off his own left ear. However, this is only partially true. While he did cut off his own ear, he only cut off the lobe of his left ear. This event occurred on December 23, 1888, because of an argument that was taking place between Van Gogh and his roommate, artist Paul Gauguin. The reason why Van Gogh cut off his own ear is up for debate. No one really knows the real story. However, there are several theories.