Channing Sargent
February 11, 2017 11:05 am
Today Is Art Day / Kickstarter

Have you ever want to give Vincent Van Gogh’s ear back to him? Yeah, us too.

Now, thanks to art website Today Is Art Day, we can! In a Kickstarter campaign, they pitch a new, must-have product: an action figure of the iconic Post-Impressionist painter. Complete with detachable ear.

ICYMI, shortly before Christmas in 1888, van Gogh severed his left ear lobe with a razor blade in a fit of lunacy after he had a row with his friend and fellow painter Gauguin one evening.

Bleeding heavily, van Gogh then wrapped his ear in cloth, walked to a nearby bordello and gifted the severed piece of flesh to a prostitute. Legend goes she fainted when he handed it to her.

YouTube/Today Is Art Day

Lesson is we NEED a Van Gogh action figure. The toy features the artist wearing a blue coat with a sunflower pinned to it. It comes with a paint brush and replicas of his famous paintings, including The Sunflowers and The Starry Night.

YouTube/Today is Art Day

The action figure’s ears are removable, even though van Gogh supposedly only cut off the lobe of his left ear. But, what fun would that be, a removable ear lobe. Better they gave us the whole thing.

The figure is available to you by supporting the idea on Kickstarter – donate at at least $21 to receive the full figure.

According to the Kickstarter page, the project’s goal is to “make art history more fun, develop a new kind of product for art history fans [and] pay tribute to one of the greatest painters of all time.”

Gogh get it!