Van Gogh allegedly wrapped up his head and his removed ear and gave it to a prostitute in a nearby brothel. He was then admitted to a hospital in Arles.
Van Gogh's physical and mental health would continue to deteriorate, and the following year he would tragically take his own life.
What could cause mental instability in an artist?
Van Gogh experienced a marked period of feverish painting frenzy when he produced a prolific amount of art, which tested his creative limits. His relationship with his artist friend Paul Gaugin, who spend the summer with him tended to be full of arguments. These two situations could have caused the artist too much mental stress.
Severe epileptic seizures caused the artist to suffer from losing consciousness and having hallucinations.
3. Lead Poisoning
Even low levels of lead poisoning can cause kidney problems, anxiety, depression, and other “pervasive developmental issues.” Artists of that era often used pigments that would contain lead.
It is known that the artist suffered from his declining health. Sadly the artist shot himself in the chest on the 27th July 1890. He died two days later.
While searching for materials for this blog post, I found this mug on Amazon here and thought this would make a great gift for anyone who is obsessed with Van Gogh. The Van Gogh mug is finished with a bandage over his missing left ear and his vivid red beard and would be quiet the conversation piece, don't you think?!