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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unidentified Artist
Imitator of Vincent van Gogh, Dutch (Groot Zundert (Zundert), The Netherlands 1853 - 1890 Auvers-sur-Oise, France)
Previously attributed to Vincent van Gogh, Dutch (Groot Zundert (Zundert), The Netherlands 1853 - 1890 Auvers-sur-Oise, France)
Self-portrait with a Bandaged Ear and Pipe
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear / Self-Portrait with a Pipe
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
43.18 x 33.34 cm (17 x 13 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed:
[Otto Wacker Art Gallery, Berlin], sold; to private collector, Switzerland, sold; to [Wildenstein & Co., New York], sold; to Annie Swan Coburn, Chicago, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1934
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Annie Swan Coburn
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Jacob Baart de la Faille, Les Faux van Gogh, Les Editions G. van Oest (Paris, France, 1930), no. 527 bis, repr. pl. XV, no. 52; pl. CCXXI in supplement

Exhibition of The Mrs. L. L. Coburn Collection Modern Paintings and Watercolors, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1932), p. 16, no. 14

Jacob Baart de la Faille, The Works of Vincent Van Gogh, His Paintings and Drawings, Reynal (New York, NY, 1970), F527a

Samuel Sachs, Fakes and Forgeries, exh. cat., Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN, 1973), cat. 154, ill.

Walter Feilchenfeldt, "Van Gogh Fakes: the Wacker affair with an illustrated catalogue of the forgerie, Simiolus (1989), vol. 19, no. 4, repr. b/w no. 6 p. 303

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 110, not repr.

Stefan Koldehoff, The Wacker Forgeries: A Catalogue, Van Gogh Museum Journal, Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, 2002), pp. 138-149, p. 142, 144, repr. p. 144

Stefan Koldehoff, Van Gogh Mythos und Wirklichkeit, DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag (Köln, Germany, 2003), pp. 72, 130, repr. in b/w, 250 (repr. in color), 80-83

Christopher Reed, "Wrong!", Harvard Magazine (Cambridge, MA, September 2004-October 2004), vol. 107, no. 1, pp. 40-51, pp. 42-43, ill.

Walter Feilchenfeldt, By Appointment Only: Cezanne, Van Gogh and Some Secrets of Art Dealing, Thames & Hudson (New York, 2006), repr. p. 98

Francesca Bewer, A Laboratory for Art: Harvard's Fogg Museum and the Emergence of Conservation in America, 1900-1950, Harvard Art Museum and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA, 2010), p. 204, fig. 4.30

Susanna Partsch, Tatort Kunst: Über Fälschungen, Betrüger und Betrogene, Verlag C.H. Beck (Munich, 2010), pp.185-189, repr. in color on front cover and in b/w p. 189 as fig. 17

Belinda Luscombe, A Fake Rothko and the Rise of Modern Fraud, Time Magazine (New York, March 7, 2016), vol. 187, no. 8, pp. 80-81, p. 81, repr.

Exhibition History

Exhibition of the Mrs. L.L. Coburn Collection, Modern Paintings and Watercolors, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 04/06/1932 - 10/09/1932

Unidentified Exhibition, Walters Art Gallery, 1949, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 01/01/1949 - 12/31/1949

Art: Authentic and Fake, Graham Gallery, New York, 01/01/1967 - 12/31/1967

Fakes and Forgeries, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 07/11/1973 - 09/29/1973

Forgeries and Their Detection, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, 09/26/1975 - 11/02/1975

Photographic Techniques in Art Conservation and Research, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/09/1989 - 11/05/1989

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