Van Gogh's ear focus of Tehran show

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Entitled “Van Gogh’s Ear”, the exhibition is displaying works in various art forms aimed at depicting some of the hardship in Van Gogh’s life, the 10 Gallery announced in a press release published by ISNA on Tuesday.

The idea for holding the exhibit was proposed to the artists a few months ago and they have assembled the works exclusively for the show.

Works by Abbas Kiarostami, Parviz Tanavoli, Parviz Kalantari, Gholam-Hossein Nami, Farideh Lashaii, Golnaz Fat’hi, Bahram Dabiri, Kurosh Shishegaran, and several other artists are among the items on display at the showcase.

A photo by Iran’s multimedia artist Kiarostami is one the fascinating works of the show. He has created a scene depicting Van Gogh putting brush strokes on a painting in the wheat field, wherein he is believed to have shot himself.

Kiarostami has used a kind of printing technique to make the photo resemble a painting.

The title of the exhibition refers to the argument between Van Gogh and the French painter Paul Gauguin, during which Van Gogh reportedly chased him with a razor, and then cut off the lower half of his own left ear.

Van Gogh shot himself on July 27, 1890, soon after he finished his last painting, “Crows in a Wheatfield”. The brooding, ominous atmosphere of the painting is considered a reflection of the artist’s disturbed state of mind at the end of his life...

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