Self-Portrait with Straw Hat (1887)

Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890)

Self-Portrait with Straw Hat (Zelfportret met strohoed)
Oil on canvas, 41.8 cm x 31.5 cm
Van Gogh MuseumAmsterdam

Paris, July-August 1887

It’s lucky for us that Van Gogh was so often unable to afford a model. To practice figure painting, he had to resort to making self-portraits. So we get an impression of how he saw himself. Only one portrait photo of him has survived and neither shows him as an adult.

He painted this self-portrait when he was living in Paris. Unable to pay for new canvas, he used the back of an earlier still life. (VGM)