I think van Gough cut off his ear not as a troubled soul trying to reach out to the woman of his deepest inner desires but because he got tired of his family telling him he would make a great interior decorator.
Imagine what holiday’s must have felt like for van Gough. “Hey, honey this is my brother Vincent. He’s a- he’s Vincent!” “Hey, cousin Vinnie?” Lop. “I was gonna ask if you wanted a job painting my garage but forget it”.