Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat
By The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat, 1887
24 cm x 30 cm image, digitally printed on bright white, glossy print surface, 250 GSM premium paper
Van Gogh produced more than twenty self-portraits during his Parisian sojourn (1886–88). Short of funds but determined nevertheless to hone his skills as a figure painter, he became his own best sitter: "I purposely bought a good enough mirror to work from myself, for want of a model." This picture, which shows the artist's awareness of Neo-Impressionist technique and color theory, is one of several that are painted on the reverse of an earlier peasant study.
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