Van Gogh : bad teeth
of his eating badly because of the misery in the Borinage, Vincent lost
a dozen teeth. Adding to his poorly-clad wretch looks, his toothless smile
must have repelled people.
Though he had paid little attention to his appearance so far, when he
arrived in Anvers, in a big city, he felt the urge of taking care of himself
and being more presentable. .
As for my physical appearance, I must improve it a little. Im
having my teeth done. I lost a dozen teeth. Thats too much, I resent
it. I look more than forty years old, it harms me. I have thus decided
to arrange that.
In Paris, a few months after his arrival, he undergoes a new teeth surgery
and wears dentures which improve his appearance a good deal.