Meet the living Vincent Van Gogh.
His great grand father was brother to one of the finest artists ever to walk the planet. But Vincent Willem Van Goghtells Colin Drury, when people find out about his relation, they often just want to talk about his ear...
When Vincent Van Gogh – a lawyer, born in 1953, both ears intact – tells people that, yes, he is related to the Vincent Van Gogh (the artist who died 1890), he says there are two main reactions.
Some people want to talk about his great uncle’s works; about Sunflowers and Irises and AWheatfield With
Cypresses. “This makes me very proud,” he says. “It makes me realise just how many people all over the world are made happy by his art. They see me as a representative of his name and that is an honour.”
And some people, he notes, want to talk about the master painter’s ear. Or, rather, the lack of. Van Gogh famously hacked off part of his lobe and presented it to a woman as a token – arguably misguided, this – of his affection.
“They joke with me, they say ‘I am happy you have both ears’,” notes Vincent, who actually goes by his middle name Willem. “This is fine too
Vincent Willem Van Gogh (right) is the great grandson of Van Gogh’s brother Theo