After numerous tensions
and quarrels about painting, on the walk of life, etc., Gauguin decided
to back to Paris.
A few days before, after a conversation during which Vincent had thrown
his drink of absinthe to his face, Gauguin had announced his departure
to Theo, but as Vincent had apologized on the following day, he had decided
to wait a little.
The crisis after Montpellier would be decisive, all the more as Gauguin
learned that his friend Schffeneker would greet him at his home in Paris.
The imminence of his departure infuriated Vincent whose dream of creating
an artists community was doomed to fail and triggered off a serious
fit during which he cut a bit of his ear.
Having lost much blood and being the prey of visions, (voices reproaching
him things), he was taken to hospital for a fortnight.
Though he was thought to be lost, he quickly recovered and was allowed
to go back home on January 7th.
Though he suffered from insomnia, he set back to work little by little,
and resumed painting. He was supported by Doctor Rey who carefully took
care of him and above all by the postman Roulins friendship, who
was to leave Arles on January 21st, moved to a new post in Marseille.