Van Gogh Self-Portrait
40cm x 50cm
The self-portrait of Van Gogh is an oil on canvas painting.
Made by the popular artist Vincent Van Gogh who used to make self-portraits paintings.
This one is painted in September 1889 before he left Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
This portrait was created over a 10-year period, and these were a vital part of his work as a painter.
He used to paint himself because he had no money to pay for models.
There are many self-portraits of Van Gogh which were made by other artists as well, one of which is suspicious.
As a painter, Van Gogh’s dozens of self-portraits were a vital part of his work of art.
Most likely, van Gogh’s self-portraits are representing the face as it is visible in the mirror as he used to reproduce his face.
In just over a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He was not commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 came after years of mental illness, depression and poverty.
On 27 July 1890, aged 37, Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a 7mm Lefaucheux à broche revolver. There were no witnesses and he died 30 hours after the incident. The shooting may have taken place in the wheat field in which he had been painting, or a local barn. The bullet was deflected by a rib and passed through his chest without doing apparent damage to internal organs – probably stopped by his spine.