Painters Paintings Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890): Self portrait, 1889, Oil on canvas, 65 cm × 54 c…
Painters Work Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890): Self portrait, 1889, Oil on canvas, 65 cm × 54 cm (26 in × 21 in), Musée d’Orsay, Paris
This work by van Gogh which was painted in September, 1889, shortly earlier than he left Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in southern France, is probably his final self portrait.
On this head-and-shoulders view, the artist is carrying a go well with and never the pea jacket he normally labored in. Consideration is targeted on the face. His options are exhausting and emaciated, his green-rimmed eyes appear intransigent and anxious. The dominant color, a mixture of absinth inexperienced and pale turquoise finds a counterpoint in its complementary colour, the fiery orange of the beard and hair. The mannequin’s immobility contrasts with the undulating hair and beard, echoed and amplified within the hallucinatory arabesques of the background.
This portray was one in every of about 40 van Gogh produced over a 10-year interval, and these had been an essential a part of his work as a painter; he would paint himself as a result of he typically lacked the cash to pay for fashions. He took the portray with him to Auvers-sur-Oise, close to Paris, the place he confirmed it to Dr Paul Gachet, who thought it was “completely fanatical”. Van Gogh despatched the image to his youthful brother, the artwork seller Theo; an accompanying letter learn: “You will have to check the image for a time. I hope you’ll discover that my facial expressions have change into a lot calmer, though my eyes have the identical insecure look as earlier than, or so it seems to me.” Like Rembrandt and Goya, Vincent van Gogh typically used himself as a mannequin; he produced over forty-three self-portraits, work or drawings in ten years. Just like the outdated masters, he noticed himself critically in a mirror. Portray oneself just isn’t an innocuous act: it’s a questioning which frequently results in an identification disaster.
Thus he wrote to his sister: “I’m searching for a deeper likeness than that obtained by a photographer.” And later to his brother: “Folks say, and I’m keen to consider it, that it’s exhausting to know your self. However it’s not straightforward to color your self, both. The portraits painted by Rembrandt are greater than a view of nature, they’re extra like a revelation”. (musee-orsay)