Welcome to Van Gogh's Ear

OCTOBer 03, 2017Posted by JW


You are interested in Vincent van Gogh, his life and his art? We share your passion for the great Dutch artist who in many respects laid the foundations of modern art and whose personal life was so closely connected with his existence as an artist.

May we firstly introduce ourselves to you:

wildegans & kaufmann

We are two German academics, living and working in Hamburg/Germany:
Dr.phil. Hans Kaufmann, having studied General History, French (language and literature), Philosophy and Pedagogics at the Universities of Freiburg and Hamburg (Germany); and
Dr.phil. Rita Wildegans, having studied History of Art and Archeology at the University of Hamburg.

In September 2008, after years of research, we published a German book about the lives and workings of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, especially their brief collaboration in Arles in 1888:

Hans Kaufmann/Rita Wildegans:
Van Goghs Ohr – Paul Gauguin und der Pakt des Schweigens; Berlin (Osburg) 2008; ISBN 978-3-940731-14-2; quoted as "Kaufmann/Wildegans 2008".

Our results have found significant resonance in the world press1, but were not embraced by the established art historians specialised on Van Gogh.

ISBN 978-3-940731-14-2

Unfortunately, the German edition of our book is sold out, only the Czech edition (without illustrations) is still available2.
Since, so far, there is no English edition of the book, this internet presence gives you a summary of our findings.

There is a tv documentary about our work, this short overview is in german with english subtitles:

Regie: Andreas Gräfenstein, ARTE Edition

We have prepared a little survey, what is your opinion about Van Gogh's ear?

You can navigate quickly in the questions and answers section on the right hand side, or
take the tour by starting from the beginning.

We appreciate all of your comments, ideas or criticism. To reach to us, please fill out the contact form.


1. see e.g. LE FIGARO, 4 Mai 2009; Interview FRANCE 2 (TV), 4 Mai 2009; CNN WORLD NEWS (TV), 4 Mai 2009; THE GUARDIAN, 5 Mai 2009; BBC NEWS, 5 Mai 2009; THE TELEGRAPH, 5 Mai 2009; DAILY MAIL, 5 Mai 2009; CORRIERE DELLA SERA, 5 Mai 2009; THE NEW YORKER 4 Jan. 2010

2. Hans Kaufmann, Rita Wildegans: Van Goghovo ucho; Praha (Grada Publishing, a.s.) 2013; ISBN 978-80-247-4395-0