Art & Design: Self-Portrait – Research Artist

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 4.09.49 PM(Self-Portrait of Vincent van Gogh)


This is the self portrait of an artist named Vincent van Gogh. This portrait was painted on a canvas in Saint-rémy-de-provence, France 1889. My first impression about this work is that it has a real nice texture to it. I can clearly see all the brush strokes of the painting and I think this is part of van Gogh’s style. My interpretation is that van Gogh is a really serious person. In this self-portrait, he is not smiling at all and seems to be a little angry about something.

Through research, I found out that the real background story is van Gogh was trying to draw his self-portrait better than a photograph. He said that, “I am looking for a deeper likeness than that obtained by a photographer.” He also later mentioned that painting a self-portrait is not easy, because it is very hard to paint yourself. (Source:


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