Charles Laval (1862-1894)
Charles Laval was Paul Gauguin’s travelling companion when the artist went to Martinique in 1887. On their return from this island paradise both artists settled in Pont-Aven in Brittany. Here Laval painted this self-portrait, posing himself in front of a window through which can be seen a garden with a colourful tree. The artist painted the tree, the glass and his face with short, generally vertical brushstrokes. Other parts of the painting, such as the grass and clothing, are more sketchy in treatment, creating an effect reminiscent of a watercolour.