Ulay was a German artist, best known for his collaborations with Marina Abramović.
The duo are perhaps best-known for The Other: Rest Energy (1980) in which Ulay holds a bow and arrow to the heart of Marina Abramović.
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe, the purest version of the two ‘bandaged’ portraits.
Vincent van Gogh‘s two Self—Portraits with Bandaged Ear are the most perfect visual expression of the concept of the tortured artist, an artist who in this particular case literally in an act of self-torture cut off his own ear.
Look where this sufferer from artistism, this bourgeoisophobe, this starving artist, this beautiful loser, this bohemian, this tortured artist, this seeker of artistic inspiration, this man afraid of writer’s block, look at where this poor soul ends up: in a garret with a leaking roof.
One of the funniest episodes in the historiography of bohemianism is the first appearance of the term bohemian in relation to artistic endeavor. The year is 1834 and Félix Pyat, a French journalist of communard persuasion, publishes a well-written article called “Les Artistes” in which he derogatorily describes wannabe artists as “alien and bizarre … outside the law, beyond the reaches of society … they are the Bohemians of today” (tr. Levi Asher).
The funniest bit is when he condemns artistry itself, comparing it to a disease which he calls “artistism”:
The illustration above by Adolfo Hohenstein is extremely picturesque and immediately recognizable as a French or Parisian street.