Vincent van Gogh painted a total of some 35 self-portraits during the course of his career. About 29 of these, date from Paris. Van Gogh very much wanted to paint portraits in this period, but could not afford models. Using his own reflection was a natural, inexpensive and easy solution. It allowed him to experiment with various styles, techniques and effects of light and color.


  • Title: Self-portrait
  • Creator: Vincent van Gogh
  • Creator Lifespan: 30 March 1853 - 29 July 1890
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Creator Birth Place: Zundert
  • Date Created: March 1887 - June 1887
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Place Part Of: France
  • Type: Self-portrait
  • Rights: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation), 367366340798605
  • External Link: Self-Portrait

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