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Vincent van Gogh Paintings from the Yellow House


Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin (Bonze) by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin (Bonze) (oil on canvas, 24-1/2x20-1/2 inches) resides at the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University in Cambridge.
Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin (Bonze) (oil on canvas, 24-1/2x20-1/2 inches) resides at the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University in Cambridge.

Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin (Bonze) was finished in 1888. This stark self-portrait was painted in anticipation of Paul Gauguin's arrival in Arles, France. Gaunt, with close-clipped hair, van Gogh portrayed himself as a counterpart to a Japanese bonze, a simple follower of the Buddha. Van Gogh hoped that a circle of like-minded artists would gather in Arles, and he envisioned Paul Gauguin as the head of the fellowship. With Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin (Bonze), dedicated to the older painter, Vincent van Gogh expressed his intense desire to follow Gauguin's bold direction in art.

Keep reading to see a picture Vincent van Gogh painted of the inside of his famous Yellow House.

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