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 Gogh, Vincent van: Self-Portraits
In the most limited definition of the term, Impressionism as the objective study of light did not encourage so essentially a subjective study as the self-portrait but in the later expansion of the movement this self-representation was given renewed force by Cézanne and van Gogh. The latter has often been compared with Rembrandt in the number and expressiveness of his self-portraits but while Rembrandt's were distributed through a lifetime, van Gogh produced some thirty in all in the short space of five years --- from the end of the Brabant period (1885) to the last year of his life at St Rémy and Auvers. In each there is the same extraordinary intensity of expression concentrated in the eyes but otherwise there is a considerable variety. From the Paris period onwards he used different adaptations of Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist brushwork, separate patches of colour being applied with varying thickness and direction in a way that makes each painting a fresh experience.


826 x 1012 247.4K
247.4K, 826 x 1012

Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear
Painted: 1889
Oil on canvas
60 x 49 cm
Courtauld Institute Galleries
London

Self-portrait

303 x 349 20.9K
20.9K, 303 x 349

336 x 472 36.5K
36.5K, 336 x 472

Self-portrait

Self-Portrait in front of the Easel
Painted: 1888
65 x 50.5 cm

688 x 914 196.6K
196.6K, 688 x 914

829 x 1025 136.6K
136.6K, 829 x 1025

Self-Portrait
(Dedicated to Paul Gauguin)
Painted: 1888
Oil on canvas
60.5 x 49.4 cm
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Cambridge

Self-Portrait
Painted: 1889
Oil on canvas
65 x 54 cm
Musee d'Orsay
Paris

827 x 1026 251.7K
251.7K, 827 x 1026

807 x 1061 252.9K
252.9K, 807 x 1061

Self-Portrait
Painted: 1889
Oil on canvas
65 x 54 cm
Musee d'Orsay
Paris