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.