This is an oil on canvas painting of a self portrait of Vincent van Gogh, himself. He painted many variations of self portraits in his lifetime. This one particularly brings focus to the eyes and uses complementary colors.
This painting is of a doctor Van Gogh took interest in painting that had connections with other famous painters. The man was a psychiatrist who was interested in helping Van Gogh. The expression reflected on in the portrait is said to be that of their desolate time.
One of 6 portraits of Joseph Roulin, a postal employee in Arles, France that Van Gogh met.
La berceuse (Portrait of Madame Roulin), Vincent van Gogh, December 1888 - January 1889, From the collection of: Van Gogh Museum
Madame Roulin is the wife of Joseph Roulin, the postman that Van Gogh befriended. In the portrait she is holding a cord to rock a cradle. Van Gogh was trying to depict comfort and motherhood.
Portrait of Armand Roulin in the son of Joseph Roulin, the postman that was a friend of Van Gogh, and painted the same year he moved to Arles.
Portrait of Camille Roulin, Vincent van Gogh, November 1888 - December 1888, From the collection of: Van Gogh Museum
Portrait of Camille Roulin, 11 year old "little boy" and son of Joseph Roulin. Painted the same year Van Gogh moves to Arles and decided to paint the family.
Portrait of a prostitute, Vincent van Gogh, December 1885, From the collection of: Van Gogh Museum
This portrait, which is of a prostitute, allows the viewer to see how Van Gogh's painting style varies and has changed, and how he does not paint just the desirable high class or those better than the prostitutes.
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