Van Gogh's Ear - The True Story

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01The Beginning2016072520160726 (R4)

Rebecca Front reads from Bernadette Murphy's revelatory account of her seven-year mission to solve one of the most infamous and perplexing art mysteries of the nineteenth century.

The period, when Van Gogh injured his ear, has come to define the way the great artist is viewed. Yet there are discrepancies and gaps in the story. In this new book, Bernadette asks what exactly did happen that fateful night? She pieces together the unfolding events, dogged in pursuit of the truth as she trawls through forgotten archives which lead to dead ends but also to unexpected and new revelations.

Bernadette Murphy has lived for thirty years in the south of France. By chance she became intrigued by Van Gogh's story and started investigating, but little did she expect the adventure it turned out to be.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Rebecca Front reads Bernadette Murphy's account of her mission to solve an art mystery.

02Van Gogh And Gaugin2016072620160727 (R4)

Rebecca Front reads from the revelatory account by Bernadette Murphy about Van Gogh's years in Arles. Meticulous in her research, this is a story where detective like Bernadette trawls through dusty archives in her pursuit of the truth of what happened that fateful night when Van Gogh injured his ear. In today's episode, Paul Gaugin joins his fellow artist in southern France, but all is not well.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Paul Gaugin joins his fellow artist in southern France, but all is not well.

03A Discovery2016072720160728 (R4)

Rebecca Front reads from Bernadette Murphy's revelatory account of her seven year mission to solve what happened the night Van Gogh injured his ear. Today, Bernadette pursues a new lead.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Bernadette Murphy pursues a new lead in her mission to solve the mystery of Van Gogh's ear

04A Petition2016072820160729 (R4)

Rebecca Front reads Bernadette Murphy's revelatory account about her mission to solve one of the nineteenth century's most famous mysteries. Today, troubling news reaches Van Gogh, and Bernadette follows new leads in pursuit of the truth about the artist's final months in Arles.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

New leads are followed in pursuit of the truth about Van Gogh's last days in Arles.

05The Mysterious Woman2016072920160730 (R4)

Bernadette Murphy sets out to establish who it was that Van Gogh gave his macabre gift to.

Rebecca Front reads Bernadette Murphy's revelatory account of her mission to solve one of the art world's most perplexing mysteries. Today, Bernadette sets out to establish to whom Van Gogh gave his macabre gift.

Abridge by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.