Inky Beer Factoid: December 23

On this day in 1888, Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear.  One story suggests that van Gogh cuts his ear off with a razor blade after a fight with a friend, Paul Gauguin, and presented it to a prostitute.  He then went home and nearly bled to death before police found him in his blood-soaked bed.  Another story presented is that Gauguin cut off van Gogh’s ear in a heated fencing match.  It appears that a love affair may be to blame for this one.  Hmm….

Vincent van Gogh is known throughout the world for his contribution to art such as Starry Night and Sunflowers. Here are a few of his pieces that pay homage to the world of beer:

Beer Tankards

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Still Life with Pottery, Beer Glass and Bottle

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Still Life with Beer Mug and Fruit

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