Vincent Van Gogh is most famous for his intense self-portraits, having produced almost forty in ten years. This frantic production was due to two main factors; the first was that he was not financially stable enough to afford models, the second factor was the decline of his mental and psychological health. The artist had admitted himself to an asylum after having a break-down and had spent a month locked in a room to recover, all of this time without painting. After leaving Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, he goes back to painting and producing self-portraits. This work is considered to be one of the last paintings he ever made.
An artist that paints a self-portrait is doing so much more than just portraying him/herself. A self-portrait can be the window to an artist’s soul. In Self Portrait III, Van Gogh was able to capture the intensity of his most essential being in a calm atmosphere. The eyes themselves transmit to the viewer intimately so much about the artist’s life and distress, as he stares into the audience’s eyes with passion, captivating even who have never heard of his artistic legacy. The process of portraying oneself results in an interiorization and promotes great self-knowledge. This explains why Vincent Van Gogh used himself as a model for many of his paintings. The “troubled artist” sought to understand himself and to represent what he can’t understand or put into words.
As to be expected, the painter ingeniously dominates the color pallet to produce a masterpiece on canvas. Tonalities of blue used in most areas of the painting, including all of the background and his jacket. The brushstrokes form curves and semi-circles, recalling his previous work Starry Night. The way he plays with the movement of the brush strokes creates a peaceful and dream-like sensation. Van Gogh considered color to be one of the most important aspects of his work, along with many of the Post-Impressionists. He was able to portray a realistic scene fantastically due to the way he used color. Along with adding hints of green along with the overall blue of this work, Van Gogh was able to apply this all of the painting. His skin and hair create a beautiful contrast to the rest of the painting, with shades of ochre, green, and orange – that highlights his hair and beard.
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