Mt. Tamalpais

By Teikichi Hikoyama Nicknamed “The Black Flame”

This piece is currently on display at the SFMOMA. And it really grabbed my attention the way the female form is what forms the mountain. I also love that he was a San Francisco resident which makes sense since Mt. Tamalpais is an actual mountain in Marin County.

How Van Gogh Lost his ear

One theory as to how Vincent Van Gogh’s ear was cut of is that he and Paul Gauguin Room mate at the time and fellow artist were fighting over a prostitute. It’s unknown if he or Gauguin chopped it off but either way Van Gogh wrapped it up in cloth and gave it to the lucky lady.  If she would have kept it she could have millions.

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, oil on canvas, 60 x 49 cm (Courtauld Galleries, London)