Gabrielle Berlatier, a farmer’s daughter, was given Vincent Van Gogh’s ear when she was working as a maid at a brothel
The recipient of Vincent van Gogh’s ear has been named almost 130 years after the artist cut it off in Paris.
The Art Newspaper reported that after the incident on 23 December 1888, Van Gogh gave it to a young woman named Gabrielle Berlatier. She was referred to in a new book published last week – Van Gogh’s Ear: The True Story. The author, Bernadette Murphy, wrote that she promised Berlatier’s descendants to keep her name a secret.