Van Gogh: The Man and the Earth is the catalogue of the exhibition organized in collaboration with the Kroller-Muller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. It includes the self-portrait of Vincent, and many works from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Museo Soumaya-Fundacion Carlos Slim in Mexico City, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, and private collections normally unavailable to the public. The focus of the book is the artistic understanding of the complex relationship between man and the nature that surrounds him. It also offers a series of oils and drawings that complete the full immersion into the rural cycle, as in the circle of human life: peasants, landscapes of the cold North and the sunny South, snapshots of life, still lifes, vases of flowers - unique and precious tiles of a single mosaic.
In December 1888, Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. It is the most famous story about any artist in history. But what really happened on that dark winter night? In Van Gogh's Ear, Bernadette Murphy reveals the truth. She takes us on an extraordinary journey from major museums to forgotten archives, vividly reconstructing Van Gogh's world. We meet police inspectors and cafe patrons, prostitutes and madams, his beloved brother Theo and fellow painter Paul Gauguin. Why did Van Gogh commit such a brutal act? Who was the mysterious 'Rachel' to whom he presented his macabre gift? Did he really remove his entire ear? Murphy answers these important questions with her groundbreaking discoveries, offering a stunning portrait of an artist edging towards madness in his pursuit of excellence.