Self-portrait with pipe and straw hat, 1887
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
The brushstrokes in this sketchy portrait are free and loose, barely touching each other. The light, sunny colors and the broad-brimmed straw hat have often led to the assumption that it was painted in Arles. It was in fact created during a Parisian winter, not long before his departure to the sunlit south.