Vincent van Gogh composed this painting, Self-Portrait with Pipe and Straw Hat, in 1888. Like all of van Gogh's self-portraits, this painting is a record of the artist's sense of identity at the time of the painting.
Here, near the end of his summer in Arles, France, van Gogh wears a coarse peasant shirt and a common straw hat and smokes a long pipe, expressing his feelings of kinship with the local farmers. But these portraits also allowed him to continue his chromatic experiments, laying tone next to tone -- such as the pink and gray strokes on his cheeks -- for color effects rather than naturalistic depiction.
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