29 July

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Van Gogh Died Today

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Starry Night

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Tragically, Vincent van Gogh shot himself today in 1890. Although his paintings now sell for tens of millions, Van Gogh sold only one during his entire lifetime, trading many for food, art and accommodation.

Whether he actually cut off his own ear or whether it was severed in a fight with fellow artist Paul Gauguin, no one knows - though he did present it melodramatically to a local prostitute before almost dying of blood loss.

Some attribute Vincent's eccentricities to his consumption of absinthe, but tests have shown that absinthe from that time didn't contain much higher quantities psychoactive ingredients than is legal now. But today we're going to leave out the absinthe altogether and remember one of Vincent's finest paintings with a Starry Night cocktail.

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