Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, July-August 1887
oil on canvas,
41.8 cm x 31.5 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
It’s lucky for us that Van Gogh was so often unable to afford a model. To practice figure painting, he had to resort to making self-portraits. So we get an impression of how he saw himself. Only two portrait photos of him have survived and neither shows him as an adult.
He painted this self-portrait when he was living in Paris. Unable to pay for new canvas, he used the back of an earlier still life.