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The Original ‘Self-Portrait’ King – 10 Paintings To See Van Gogh Through His Own Eyes

September 15th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers 0 comments on “The Original ‘Self-Portrait’ King – 10 Paintings To See Van Gogh Through His Own Eyes”

Reddish hair, bandaged ear and intense gaze, Vincent van Gogh has always been one of the most recognizable artists around the world. Art lovers are undoubtedly quick to note his iconic features from his famous self-portraits. Throughout his life, Van Gogh has painted 36 self-portraits, each with a slightly different style, representing the painter’s evolutionary path in his art career. Like for many artists,  self-portraits are an exploration of Van Gogh’s change in personality, mind-set, and style of painting.

In, chronological order, here are 10 of the most significant self-portraits from different time periods in Van Gogh’s life. The paintings are also housed by various museums around the world, perfect to add to your Van Gogh travel checklist!

1. Self-Portrait with Pipe | Spring 1886, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum is located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam, very close to the Van Gogh Museum! The Rijksmuseum is a national museum dedicated to history and arts in Amsterdam.

2. Self-Portrait | Autumn 1886, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

The Gemeentemuseum is best known as a modern palace of the arts in The Hague. You can find the world’s largest Piet Mondrian collection here, as well as art by Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and many others!

3. Self-Portrait in a Grey Felt Hat | Winter 1886/87, Paris

Source: Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Source: Web Gallery of Art

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

The Stedlijk Museum is a museum mainly for contemporary art in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The collection includes art from early 20th century to the 21st century, and features famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh!

5. Self-Portrait with Straw Hat | March-April 1887, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Institute of Arts, Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts, located in Michigan, has one of the greatest and most important art collections in the United States. When Van Gogh moved to Paris between 1886 and 1888, he started to use lighter colors under the influence of the bright colors of the impressionists. His experience in Paris was a joyful one, and this light-hearted self-portrait created during the summer of 1887, is the best representation of this!

5. Self-Portrait | Spring 1887, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

This self-portrait is collected by the Kröller-Müller Museum, which has the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world, with almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings. The Van Gogh Gallery exhibits selections of about 40 artworks by Vincent van Gogh. In addition, you will find masterpieces by modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, and Piet Mondrian.

6. Self-Portrait | Autumn 1887, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

The Musée d'Orsay museum is located in Paris, France, houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet,  Degas,  Cézanne,  Gauguin, and Van Gogh.

With over 36 self-portraits, Vincent van Gogh often used himself as a model in his short-lived artist career. In one of his letters to his sister, Van Gogh says,  "I am looking for a deeper likeness than that obtained by a photographer." To his brother, Van Gogh wrote, "People say, and I am willing to believe it, that it is hard to know yourself. But it is not easy to paint yourself, either. The portraits painted by Rembrandt are more than a view of nature, they are more like a revelation".

7. Self-Portrait | September 1888, Arles

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge

Fogg Art Museum is Harvard's oldest museum, featuring American & European art from the Middle Ages to the present day.

“Van Gogh inscribed this painting ‘To my friend Paul Gauguin,’ and sent it to him. He described the process of creating his arresting likeness in several letters to his brother Theo, an art dealer in Paris, explaining how he manipulated his features in response to Japanese prints, changed the contours of his jacket for coloristic effect, and painted the background “pale veronese green” without any shadows. Shortly after he sent the work to Gauguin, however, their friendship deteriorated, and Gauguin sold it for three hundred francs.”

— Fogg Art Museum

8. Self Portrait | November-December 1888, Arles

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in New York City, is the largest art museum in the United States. It was the second most visited art museum in the world in 2016.

In this self-portrait, you can see Van Gogh’s use of Neo-Impressionist technique and color theory! It is one of several paintings that are created on the reverse of an earlier peasant study.

9. Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear | January 1889, Arles

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Courtauld Gallery, London

The Courtauld Gallery is an art museum in central London. It houses the art collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art, a self-governing college of the University of London specializing in the study of the history of art.

“This self-portrait was painted shortly after Van Gogh returned home from hospital having mutilated his own ear. The prominent bandage shows that the context of this event is important. On the left, a blank canvas suggests that there is more work to come from this artist, as indeed there was, and a Japanese print on the right relates to an area of great artistic interest for him.”

— Courtauld Gallery

10. Self-Portrait | September 1889, Saint-Rémy

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Last but not least, one of the world’s most loved Van Gogh self-portraits.

“In this head-and-shoulders view, the artist is wearing a suit and not the pea jacket he usually worked in. Attention is focused on the face. His features are hard and emaciated, his green-rimmed eyes seem intransigent and anxious. The dominant color, a mix of absinth green and pale turquoise finds a counterpoint in its complementary color, the fiery orange of the beard and hair. The model's immobility contrasts with the undulating hair and beard, echoed and amplified in the hallucinatory arabesques of the background.”

— Musée d'Orsay Museum

Map on a table with a hand holding a toy plane and a camera and magnify glass

Plan your European Adventure Around Vincent van Gogh

February 17th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers, Living with Art, Travelling 0 comments on “Plan your European Adventure Around Vincent van Gogh”

If you’re a massive Van Gogh fan and travelling around Europe is on your bucket list, here are some fun tips on where to fulfill your Van Gogh fever!

There are many beautiful locations all over Europe where you can get close to Van Gogh – not only to see his artwork, but to visit places he painted or lived throughout his lifetime. There are so many locations, in fact, that we have put together a short list of our favourites places. So, get ready to plan your big trip to Europe after reading about these must-see Van Gogh destinations! Van (Go)gh to Europe!

photo of van gogh gallery in kroller muller with a few paintings on a white wall
Credit: Kröller-Müller Museum / photo: Marjon Gemmeke

Kröller-Müller Museum – Otterlo, Netherlands

Although the Van Gogh Museum is the obvious choice to see Van Gogh works, you will also be delighted by the Van Gogh Gallery in the Kröller-Müller. It is nestled in a National Park, so the location is beautiful and serene – the best atmosphere for enjoying artwork. Photos are even allowed in the museum, and although the paintings are protected by glass you can get a close look at many of his famous paintings such as “Café Terrace at Night, “Sorrowing Old Man ('At Eternity's Gate')”, and “Country Road in Provence by Night.” It also displays a lot of his earlier works and is the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world!

Van Gogh painting of a countryside field with a yellow house
Painting of Brabant by Van Gogh

Brabant – The Netherlands

If you are wanting to fully connect with Van Gogh’s roots, Brabant is the place to do so! This is the small town where Van Gogh grew up and has many landmarks you can visit during your stay. Often called an outdoor museum of Van Gogh, just taking a stroll through the town of Brabant will take you on a tour of an area that inspired Van Gogh’s work much later in life. It is home to the Vincent van GoghHuis , the art room at his school and a statue of Vincent and his brother Theo. There is also a number of Van Gogh related events and activities that are put on for visitors at different times of the year.

Mons – Belgium

Belgium, besides being home to great waffles and beer, is also known to be where Van Gogh first became an artist after giving up on becoming a Protestant pastor. Here, you can visit the house where Van Gogh completed his first paintings, Maison Van Gogh. It was saved from ruins in the 1970s and is now open to the public. The house is located in a historical mining area, the Borinage, where miners were earning just 2.5 francs a day. When the Belgium Church disowned Van Gogh, he told his brother Theo that he would focus on being an artist but sometimes would go to assist the miners. The community there today is very proud of the connection with Van Gogh and there are many places to see visit that Van Gogh once visited himself, including the mine.

Saint-Paul Asylum with a field in front of it. It is a grey building
The Saint-Paul Asylum Van Gogh was in! These are the very fields he painted!

Provence – France

Next stop? Provence, France! Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works were painted when he was a patient at the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. This is the perfect place to see some real locations and spots that Van Gogh painted while in the asylum, and there is even a collection of works called “Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Remy.” Provence is where he painted his collection of “The Irises” you can even visit the hospital and its gardens, now renamed Clinique Van Gogh. While you’re here, explore the area where Van Gogh spent the last part of his life and visit the Rhone River, the muse for Gogh’s “Starry Night over Rhone.”

Auvers-Sur-Oise – France

After leaving Provence, Van Gogh travelled north to Auvers-Sur-Oise. This is where you can see some of the most significant landmarks of Van Gogh’s life. Here in this town, you will find the room, at the famous inn Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh took his own life. Despite being recently restored, it is a sombre room, with not much light coming from just one window. A short distance away you can visit his gravestone that sits next to his brother’s, Theo. As of late - Van Gogh’s gravestone is being restored, so this would be a poignant landmark to visit on your travels.

A old grave with van gogh's name on it with green leaves surrounding it
Grave of Van Gogh - recently there has been a project to restore it!

Musée d’Orsay – Paris, France

Van Gogh moved to Paris to live with his brother in Montmartre, Paris after living in Belgium. The apartment is a private residence now, but you can see it designated with a marble plaque. You can also visit the oldest surviving vineyard in Paris, where Van Gogh would often go to paint. And of course, while in Paris you can visit many of his masterpieces at Musée d’Orsay. "Starry Night Over the Rhone," "Vincent’s Bedroom in Arles," "Self-Portrait," 1889 and "The Church at Auvers," are just a few of the highlights from the museum’s Van Gogh collection, which has over 25 works on display.

The outside of Musee D'Orsay Museum with the Eiffel Tour in the background
Photo Credit: Musée d’Orsay

Of course, there are many museums and galleries with Van Gogh pieces – these are just a few of our favourites that hold some of Van Gogh’s most riveting history. When you get stuck into planning your next trip to Europe, or if you are planning one right now, be sure to stop and see at least one of these locations that are greatly influenced by one of the most loved impressionist painters. If you can’t get enough, below are a few additional suggestions where you can stop to see even more Van Gogh!


Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam

Albertina – Vienna

Musée de Louvre – Paris

The Courtauld Institute of Art – London

The National Gallery – London

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – Moscow

Tate Gallery – London

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