Research on Self-Portrait Artists (Part 2)

3) Provide the details of the work directly under or beside the photo.  Usually, this includes the title, artist, medium, size, and year. 

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Title: Self Portrait, 1889 
Artist: Vincent Van Gogh
Size: 57.79 × 44.5 cm (22 3/4 × 17 1/2 in.)
Year: 1853 – 1890


4) 1 or 2 Paragraphs for Written Work

Investigate the work:


  • Who made it? (full name)
  • How was it made?
  • When was it made?
  • What are your first impressions about the work?
  • What interpretation can you make just from looking at the work?
  • What is the real background story behind the work? Cite your source.

This self portrait was painted by a famous  Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh during the years 1853 to 1890. It was made using oil paint on a canvas. My first impression of this work is that it seems to represent him as an artist. This is because you can see his paint pallete in the corner, which could represent his love of art. I also really liked the texture of the painting. You can clearly see the brush strokes (what he is famous for). My interpretation of the work is that it shows his sadness or depression. This is because of his facial expression because he looks really tense, and you can even see his veins in his right forehead. Also, his eyes look very droopy, and could imply sadness. Lastly, the overall color of the painting is blue, which symbolizes peace and tranquility (which could be what he wants to achieve in life), but also symbolized sadness (which could be what he is experiencing now). The real background story is that he voluntarily admitted himself in May of 1889 to the mental asylum in Saint-Paul-de-Mausole at Saint-Rémy in the south of France. He tried to calm his delusional thoughts through his painting. Overall, I really like this painting because it represents his thoughts and life at the time by showing sadness through color, and his love for painting through the pallete.

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