De­cem­ber

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This month sees the rst ever Christ­mas cards, Matisse mishaps and a key mo­ment in Van Gogh’s men­tal ill­ness On 4th De­cem­ber 1961 New York’s Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art hur­riedly re­hung Matisse’s Le Bateau af­ter be­ing in­formed that the work had been hang­ing up­side down for 47 days. On 17th De­cem­ber 1843, artist John Call­cott Hors­ley un­veiled his de­sign for the first Christ­mas card to his pa­tron Sir Henry Cole, found­ing di­rec­tor of the V&A. In a bout of de­spair on 23rd De­cem­ber 1888 that he later could not rec­ol­lect, artist

Vin­cent van Gogh

fa­mously grabbed a ra­zor and sliced off his own ear.

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