Book: Gauguin cut off Van Gogh's ear

Book: Gauguin cut off Van Gogh's ear

There are 1 comment on the UPI story from May 5, 2009, titled Book: Gauguin cut off Van Gogh's ear. In it, UPI reports that:

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#1 Jun 12, 2009
Practically impossible...Gauguin could'nt, regardless of how good a fencer he was, had made a clean saber cut of Van Gogh's ear. Saber attacks to the head are of two kinds: transversal to lines four and six (left and right side of the face), and descendant to line five (to the top of the head)... either thrust, made with a saber of the time (wich were very heavy) would have carried on after cutting the ear, cutting into his skull, and probably killing Van Gogh, if the attack was made transversally, or, if missing the top of the head with a thrust to the fifth line (wich would account, maybe, for the ear being cut)cutting into Van Goghs shoulder blade, more than likely breaking his collar bone or cutting into his neck. Van Gogh had only a small piece of his ear missing, and no other injuries.. no struggle, no fight, no nothing(strange,since both men were heavy guys with a quick temper, and Van Gogh was plain mad). Also, in those days law in France only allowed millitary officers and policemen to carry sabers, and Gauguin was neither. Considering what VAn Gogh did with the ear, and taking into account that he was mentally ill (we are talking about a man that ate the colors he worked with, to see what color tasted like), the version that he cut it himself in desperation for a love affair gone wrong is, as far as I'm concerned, much more likely. Of course that version is well known and would'nt sell books.

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