Van Gogh self-portrait (1889)

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:45082

Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait (1889) is a remarkable masterpiece that encapsulates the Post-Impressionist style. This was painted during his voluntary stay at the Saint-Paul Asylum, reflecting his tumultuous emotional state. Van Gogh's use of bold, dramatic colors, thick brushwork and swirling lines encapsulate his internal struggles and mental state, offering a deeply intimate insight into the artist's psyche. This painting, with its authenticity and raw emotional expression, distinguishes it as a significant piece in art history.

48 cm

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Title: “Understanding Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait (1889): An Artistic Revelation of the Troubled Genius”

Vincent van Gogh, the Dutch post-Impressionist painter, is renowned for his unique style and powerful use of color. One of his most famous pieces, the “Self-Portrait” painted in 1889, is a striking testament to his remarkable ability to convey raw emotion and his state of mind through art. Here, we will delve into the nuances of this masterpiece, exploring the circumstances surrounding its creation, its stylistic significance, and why it is particularly special among Van Gogh’s extensive body of work.

Van Gogh produced this self-portrait in September 1889, during his voluntary stay at the asylum in Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy, France. This period was marked by his deep struggle with mental health issues, reflected profoundly in his work. The 1889 self-portrait captures the essence of Van Gogh’s tumultuous inner world, and for that reason, it is widely regarded as a seminal piece in his oeuvre.

The painting is highly celebrated for its expressive and emotive qualities, demonstrating Van Gogh’s mastery of color and brushwork. Utilizing swirling brushstrokes and his characteristic bold palette, Van Gogh painted his face in a style that mirrored his mental turmoil. The dominant blues and greens, punctuated by the stark, contrasting yellow of his hair, create a tension between the figure and the background. This innovative and personal use of color and form was revolutionary, allowing the viewer a glimpse into Van Gogh’s perception of himself and his world.

This 1889 self-portrait also holds special significance as it represents one of the last artworks Van Gogh produced before his untimely death in 1890. It showcases the culmination of his artistic development, and is a testament to his ability to transform personal suffering into beautiful, impactful art.

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In conclusion, Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait” from 1889 is a significant piece in the world of art. A testament to the painter’s distinctive style, bold use of color, and deeply personal expression of his mental state, this painting stands as a vivid representation of the troubled yet talented artist’s life and work.

Original size:
54 x 65 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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