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Monday, September 5, 2011

Gogh, Vincent Willem van


Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin
1888
Oil on canvas
60.5 x 49.4 cm (23 3/4 x 19 1/2 in)
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853 – 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art for its vivid colors and emotional impact.
He has often been compared with Rembrandt in the number and expressiveness of his self-portraits but while Rembrandt's were distributed through a lifetime, van Gogh produced some thirty in all in the short space of five years.
In each there is the same extraordinary intensity of expression concentrated in the eyes but otherwise there is a considerable variety.
"in a picture I want to say something comforting as music is comforting. I want to paint men and women with that something of the eternal which the halo used to symbolize, and which we seek to communicate by the actual radiance and vibration of our coloring."