About the Artist
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is one of the most popular and universally recognized artists of all time. A remarkably prolific artist, he produced approximately 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings during a brief career spanning a mere decade. Deeply inspired by the sun-drenched landscape of southern France, Van Gogh developed his signature style, marked by lush impasto, energetic brushwork, and vibrant color.
This print of Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait (1889) is part of our Masterworks collection of reproductions, specially created using the Gallery's finest quality digital imaging.
While Van Gogh experimented with a variety of subjects—landscape, still life, portraiture—it is his self-portraits that have come to define him as an artist. Van Gogh was a devoted and probing practitioner of the art of self-portraiture. He painted no fewer than 36 self-portraits, undertaking his first attempts just after his arrival in Paris in March 1886 and executing his last during his stay at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy.
This self-portrait is one of the last he painted, and is a particularly bold painting, apparently executed in a single sitting without later retouching. Here Van Gogh portrayed himself at work, dressed in his artist's smock with his palette and brushes in hand. The haunted quality of the image is distinct. The dark blue-violet of the smock and ground, and the vivid orange of his hair and beard create a startling contrast to the yellow and green of his face and heighten the gauntness of his features in a sallow complexion. The dynamic, even frenzied brushwork lends an uncommon immediacy and expressiveness to his portrayal.
- 9.38 x 7.25 inches (print), 11 x 14 inches (matted)
- Matted, ready to frame
- Archival, premium matte paper (acid-free, lignin-free)
- Archival pigment inks