Van Gogh's Ear: Bernadette Murphy and Andrew Marr in conversation

Date and time

Friday 17 February, 6.30–7.30pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Bernadette Murphy and Andrew Marr


£7/£6 conc./£5 Members

What exactly happened in Arles on a December night in 1888 when Vincent van Gogh took a blade to his own ear?

Author Bernadette Murphy and Andrew Marr discuss her quest to find out the truth. What exactly did the artist do, why did he do it and who was the girl he handed his ear to? They will discuss Murphy's painstaking archival research, which led her to make new discoveries about one of the best known stories in the history of art.

Bernadette Murphy

Bernadette Murphy was born and brought up in the UK. She has lived in the south of France for most of her adult life and worked in many different fields. A series of chance events led her to start investigating the life of Van Gogh in Arles. Little did she know what an exciting adventure it would turn out to be. 'Van Gogh’s Ear' is her first book.

Image above: Detail from Vincent van Gogh, A Wheatfield, with Cypresses,1889.