Natasha Roberts asks why Vincent painted so many self-portraits. Read on for the answer.
Thirty-nine of Van Gogh’s self-portraits remain, both drawings and paintings.
The majority of these were created in Paris, as Vincent practiced using new, lighter hues and different painting techniques. Using yourself as the subject certainly has its advantages: it’s cheap and you always have access to a (patient) model.
Van Gogh’s ‘selfies’ reflect his development, both as an individual and as an artist.