Identity of van Gogh’s Ear Recipient Is Revealed
New information has come to light regarding the popular legend in which Vincent van Gogh cuts off his ear as a gift for a woman he admires. Nearly 130 years after the infamous incident, the full name of the woman who allegedly fainted upon opening her gift, has been revealed. In 1936, Gabrielle Berlatier first appears by name in an article quoting the policeman who had been called to investigate the incident. Berlatier had a large scar on her arm from a bite. Research indicates that van Gogh, struggling with mental illness, severed his ear and sent it to her believing that he could in some way heal her with the gift of his flesh. This discovery offers a new perspective on the incident that art historians have widely speculated on for over a century.
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Andy Warhol’s Factory Photographer Billy Name Dies at 76
Billy Name, the chronicler of Andy Warhol’s Factory has passed away at the age of 76. Born William Linich Jr., Warhol bestowed his artist name “Billy Name.” Name became a fixture at Warhol’s studio and famously documented its subculture and notable individuals including Baby Jane Holzer, Bob Dylan, and The Velvet Underground, including the band’s first album cover.
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Fisherman Reels in Nikon DSLR Lost in Attack on a Photojournalist
While fishing at Hesperia Lake in Southern California, Shelly Hirst reeled in a Nikon DSLR. Though the camera was badly damaged, the SD card was still functioning and contained over 1700 photos, the most recent bearing a timestamp of May 10, 2016. Hirst posted a message on Facebook asking for help locating the camera’s owner. The post reached photojournalist David Pardo who had been attacked at the lake while photographing for the Victorville Daily Press. A woman had asked Pardo to delete a photo of her feeding a duck and when he refused, two men joined the woman in punching him, stomping on his camera, and throwing his equipment into the lake.
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