Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh's 1889 Self-Portrait is one of at least 40 self-portraits van Gogh painted over the course of his career. To render his own image, Vincent faced the challenge of confronting his own identity and emotional condition, and he subjected himself to uncompromising scrutiny. In one of his last attempts to express his own image through his art, Vincent van Gogh employs a vigorous brush stroke and a nearly monochrome palette for his jacket as well as the background, creating in this Self-Portrait an emotionally charged atmosphere from which he warily gazes back at the viewer.
Next, we'll examine a work by van Gogh depicting the hospital where he lived toward the end of his stay in Arles.