Van Gogh self-portrait dedicated to Gauguin

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:45081

Vincent van Gogh's "Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin" (1888) is a potent work of Post-Impressionism. Van Gogh's vibrant palette and expressive brushwork infuse his image with emotion, characterizing his innovative style. This painting is unique as it was a gift to his friend and rival, Gauguin, symbolizing their complex relationship and mutual influence. It reveals van Gogh's introspective nature and his struggle for artistic identity, making it a precious window into his turbulent psyche and life.

49 cm

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Title: “Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait Dedicated to Gauguin: A Profound Piece of Art History”

Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch post-Impressionist painter, is recognized worldwide for his stunning oeuvre and significant influence on 20th-century art. Among his rich body of work, the ‘Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin’ holds a special place, highlighting van Gogh’s artistic mastery and intense emotions.

Painted in the latter part of 1888, during van Gogh’s stay in Arles, this self-portrait was a part of a series. Vincent was seeking to establish a community of artists in Arles, with Paul Gauguin, a fellow painter and friend, being a key person he wanted to attract. This self-portrait was a gift to Gauguin and was created with the intention of demonstrating his skills and capabilities as an artist.

This work was an expression of his deep admiration for Gauguin. The use of color and bold, expressive brushwork were not just stylistic choices, but also, perhaps, a nod to Gauguin’s own artistic preferences, showing that van Gogh was on par with the artistic trends of the time.

Van Gogh’s painting was also a statement of his mental state. The heightened colors and intensity of his features are suggestive of his ongoing struggles with mental health. The bandaged ear shown in the self-portrait, often mistaken as the infamous self-mutilation event, was in fact a foreshadowing. The actual event occurred after the painting was finished and after a quarrel with Gauguin.

Not only does this work showcase van Gogh’s artistic talent and emotional state, but it also provides an insight into the close, albeit turbulent, relationship between two of the most influential artists of their time.

The ‘Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin’ is truly an emblem of van Gogh’s artistic legacy and remains an invaluable piece of art history.

Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin, Post-Impressionist painting, 1888, Arles, Van Gogh’s mental health, Artistic community in Arles, Art history.

Original size:
50.3 x 61.5 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
118 cm

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