Marta Hordziej asks whether Van Gogh ever depicted himself smiling. Check out the answer.
No, Vincent doesn’t smile on any of his self-portraits. He always looks serious, and that was the look he was after. Throughout art history, happy self-portraits are a rare sight and Van Gogh wasn’t about to change the tradition. He didn’t paint self-portraits to practice conveying emotions, rather to experiment with colours, techniques and styles of painting.