When Paul Gaugin arrived at home the next morning, he saw a crowd of police officers and citizens surrounding the house. When he went in the house he saw that there was blood everywhere- on towels and blankets, then a trail leading up the stairs. When he got to Vincent's bedroom, he found him curled up on his bed covered in sheets pink with blood. Gaugin thought Vincent was dead, but when he went to touch his friend's hand, it radiat! ed warmth from his friend's body (Sweetman 290). Gaugin found out later that Vincent had cut off almost his whole left ear, wrapped it in newspaper, and given it to his friend Rachel. He then said "Guard this object carefully" (Sweetman 293).
Some reasons speculated for this unusual self-destruction were:
2. He failed to harm Paul Gaugin so he turned the violence on himself
3. He was just filled with self-loathing
It was later discovered that he was tormented by voices and was having hallucinations. Had he attempted to silence the voices by cutting off the offending organ (Sweetman 294)
Vincent van Gogh began having nervous attacks in 1888, and his doctor diagnosed him w