Where did Van Gogh chop his ear off and why did he do it?
Vincent van Gogh chopped off his ear at Arles, Auvers sur Chronicle. Contrary to popular belief, it was not due to a woman (Rachel), but rather Paul Gauguin. Van Gogh cut off his left ear when tempers flared with Paul Gauguin, the artist with whom he had been working for a while in Arles. He began to hallucinate and picked up a knife to cut off his ear. On the night of Dec. 23, 1888, in the throes of a mental breakdown, Vincent van Gogh cut off part of his own ear. Van Gogh then gave his ear to a young woman by the name of Gabrielle Berlatier. Its recalled that his reasoning for gifting his ear to her was to show his affection for her.
While in Amsterdam, make sure to visit the largest collection of his works on the planet. Dating back to 1973, the museum contains over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 700 hand-written letters by Van Gogh. During his short life time he produced over 900 total paintings and 1,200 total drawings.