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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:


Recorded Ownership History
[Otto Wacker Art Gallery, Berlin], sold; to private collector, Switzerland, sold; to [Wildenstein & Co., New York], sold; to Annie Swan Coburn, Chicago, 1927, 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.
  • Martin Bailey, "Van Gogh in America: Detroit's Exhibition Set to be a Revelation", The Art Newspaper (September 29, 2022),, accessed October 5, 2022
  • Jill Shaw, Van Gogh in America, exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, 2022), p. 153

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
  • 32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/28/2023 - 05/07/2023

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