Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:45087

"Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear" is a renowned painting created by Vincent van Gogh in 1889 during his tumultuous time in Arles, France. This masterpiece showcases van Gogh's distinct post-impressionist style, characterized by bold brushwork, vibrant colors, and an emotional intensity that captures the artist's inner turmoil. The painting holds great significance as it symbolizes van Gogh's struggle with mental health, depicting the aftermath of a self-inflicted ear injury. It serves as a poignant testament to the artist's profound self-expression and resonates with viewers, reminding us of the transformative power of art to convey raw human experiences.

49 cm

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Total € 195

Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear” is a notable painting that holds great significance in the art world. It was painted in 1889, a year known for the artist’s emotional turmoil and a tragic incident involving his ear.

To better understand the painting, let’s delve into its historical context. Van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter renowned for his vibrant and expressive artworks. However, he struggled with mental health issues throughout his life, which often reflected in his art. In December 1888, following an intense argument with his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin, Van Gogh experienced a severe mental breakdown. In a fit of anguish, he mutilated his own ear.

“Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear” was created during Van Gogh’s recovery period in the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. The painting depicts the artist with a bandage wrapped around his right ear, which he had cut off. The composition is a powerful representation of Van Gogh’s raw emotions, reflecting his inner struggles and the impact of his mental anguish on his physical appearance.

This painting stands out for several reasons. Firstly, it captures a significant moment in Van Gogh’s life, reflecting his personal turmoil and mental health challenges. It serves as a poignant reminder of the artist’s vulnerability and the depths of his creative spirit.

Secondly, “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear” showcases Van Gogh’s unique artistic style. His bold brushwork and vibrant color palette are evident in the piece, demonstrating his mastery of post-impressionist techniques. The energetic strokes and vivid hues contribute to the painting’s emotional intensity, emphasizing the artist’s internal struggle.

Moreover, this self-portrait sheds light on the complex relationship between an artist and his work. Van Gogh’s decision to depict himself with his bandaged ear indicates his willingness to confront his personal pain and present it to the world through his art. It serves as a testament to the transformative power of self-expression and the healing potential of creative endeavors.

Original size:
49 x 60 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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