Self-portrait (1887)

Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890)

Self-portrait (F 295, JH 1211)
Oil on cardboard, 42 x 34 cm

After hearing from his brother Theo about the new colourful French painting, Vincent went to live in Paris in 1886. He soon tried the French style on a number of self-portraits. He did this mainly to save the costs for a model. Here he painted himself as a fashionably dressed Parisian, with loose, rhythmic brushstrokes in striking colors. (RIJKS)