Van Gogh Heat Change Mug

Van Gogh Heat Change Mug

Add a hot beverage and Van Gogh's ear changes to a bandage.

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Add some fun and color to your morning with the Van Gogh Heat Change Mug. The colorful mug portrays Van Gogh in the vivid colors that defined his artistic style.

When you add your hot beverage to the mug, his ear disappears! In its place Vincent wears a bandage, much like when the artist famously cut off his ear in an act that cemented his legacy as a troubled genius. Ouch!

The attractive mug is adorned with the bright sun from Van Gogh’s Sower with Setting Sun and includes an inspirational quote from the Dutch painter. The ear-shaped handle (a very clever detail, we must admit) lets people know that you don’t take art that seriously.

Whether you’re a fan of famous art, fun drinkware, or elective surgery, the Van Gogh Heat Change Mug is a brilliant addition to your morning routine.

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Features & specs

  • Hot liquid changes Van Gogh’s ear to a bandage
  • Features quote: “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
  • Ear-shaped handle
  • Capacity: 10 fl. oz. (295 mL)
  • Microwave safe
  • Handwash only

Changing art

The Van Gogh Heat Change Mug is a colorful and creative addition to your drinkware collection.

The attractive mug is adorned with impressionistic images from Van Gogh’s career, including a depiction of Van Gogh from a selfie he painted late in life. Add a hot liquid and the portrait changes, covering the painter’s ear with a bandage in reference to one of the most mysterious and infamous acts in art history. As the mug cools down, watch the ear reappear fully intact.

Vincent got into some hot water.

Seriously silly

Famous art and silliness rarely go together, but the Van Gogh Heat Change Mug gets a little of both. The face of the mug is a collage of some of Van Gogh’s famous works: the clothing and bandage from Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, the sorrowfully suspicious eyes from Self Portrait, and the brilliant shining sun from The Sower (Sower with Setting Sun).

Next to these masterpieces is an amusing ear-shaped handle, another nod to the artist’s famous eccentric act. This quirky addition is a nice compliment to the artistic seriousness.

Ear-shaped handle
Get a handle on art history references.

Inspirational mug

The Van Gogh Heat Change mug provides an inspirational start to your day, with a quote from the Dutch painter himself: “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Sip from the microwave-safe mug as you ponder the words and legacy of this misunderstood genius.

Microwave safe mug
Creative coffee.

Question: How quickly does the mug change?

Answer: Using just hot water from the faucet, we were able to get the mug to fully change in about a minute. The changing time will vary based on water temperature.

Question: Does the mug need to be cold to see Van Gogh’s ear?

Answer: Vincent keeps his ear at room temperature. He only loses it when a hot liquid is poured into the mug.

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