Born a generation apart, they were seeming opposites: Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish aristocrat thrilled by the cultures of Crete and Knossos; William Morris, a British craftsman, in thrall to the myths of the North. Yet through their inventions and textiles, they inspired a new variety of art. This book traces their genius right to the source.
On a dark night in Provence in December 1888 Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. The author sets out to discover exactly what happened that night in Arles. Why would an artist at the height of his powers commit such a brutal act? Who was the mysterious 'Rachel' to whom he presented his macabre gift? Was it just his lobe, or his entire ear?