Van Gogh Self Portrait

Van Gogh Self Portrait
Van Gogh Self Portrait

The Dutch artistVincent Van Goghpainted himself numerous times throughout his short life, not least because he was the closest model and cheap that he had within his reach. And of all those self-portraits, perhaps one of the best is this one made in 1889, one of the last ones he finished, since shortly after he would commit suicide.


Van Gogh Self-Portrait

The painter had spent a few months in the Saint Remy sanatorium to try to find enough mental rest for his nervous breakdowns and his undeniable alcoholism. And it was then that in the famousletters to his brother Theohe told her that it was very difficult to know oneself, but it was not easier to paint oneself

This time he chooses one of his most elegant poses and very formal clothes for his portrait. Much better dressed and more correct than usual, as if wanting to express his improvement. In fact, he had the idea of ​​sending the work to a collective exhibition that was going to be held in Brussels, although in the end he did not send it.

The work shows a great mastery of color. All of it is built thanks to the numerous variations of a dominant tone, blue. But he is confronted with other complementary tones such as the red of his beard and his hair, and the shades of green that shake his face.

A veryVan Goghtrait is the ripples and eddies he generates in the background, it's as if he were brushing the canvas. It isa type of background that immediately reminds us of the sky of The Starry Night. But now he doesn't use that resource to create something concrete like the sky. In this case it is just a background, yes, an undulating, turbulent background, something like the energy that flows in the painting and in the artist's head. It runs across the surface of the painting, with no vanishing point, no escape. You are drawing with color, and you are creating something that is both abstract and pure expressiveness. Some flaming shapes that surround the figure and that are related to the intense gaze that Vincent Van Gogh shows us. Undoubtedly, this work that today is owned by the Musée d'Orsay in Paris is one of the great creations of the Dutch artist, and a demonstration of why his art so influenced subsequent generations of artists., despite the fact that he was never able to achieve any success in his life.

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