Self-Portrait in Front of the Easel, 1888 by Vincent Van Gogh


Self-Portrait in Front of the Easel, 1888


Vincent Van Gogh

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Van Gogh`s letters described how he painted this self-portrait in the Saint-Paul Hospital after a recurrence of his mental illness in the Summer of 1889. He said `I began the first day, I got up, I was thin, pale as the devil`. The portrait became a very popular image of the artist and was shown in the catalogue of the Royal Academy Exhibition of Dutch Art in 1929. Viewers associated the writhing brush strokes with suffering, however the picture features a palette and Van Gogh may have meant to reassure his family that he was well and working with energy.