Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, July-August 1887
oil on canvas,
42.2 cm x 34.5 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
When he had no access to models, Van Gogh regularly painted himself. During the summer of 1887, he actually produced a whole series of self-portraits. The formal jacket he wears in this painting is an exception. In most of them he is wearing his artist’s smock.
This is one of Van Gogh’s ‘double-sided’ paintings. To save money, he has painted this self-portrait on the back of another painting. He was broke. Research has revealed that he was using a cheap paintbrush that was losing its hairs: they are still embedded in the paint.