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Self Portraits

Feb 27, 2008
It is very difficult to know about oneself, but it is not simple to paint oneself either." The Vincent van Gogh From about 1885 in the course of 1890, the van Gogh painted above 30 self-portraits, an amazing number of similarities to the complete in such short time span. They stand for his most lively years as the master artist, as well as carry all the distinctive van Gogh strength with which each picture that he ever made was instilled.

Many of the early self-portraits look like the great self-portraits that were carried out by the Rembrandt van Rijn in 1600's. The comparison between two elicits numerous points of similarity, like the serious manner, elegant as well as dramatic lighting plus a certain similarity in the visage itself. These are the portraits of the two master Dutch artists from very much different times, but the viewer making in such comparisons tends to sense that the two would have almost certainly been the great friends.

A tour in Vincent's lots of self-portraits displays not only his aptitude to paint the character in intensely individual way, but also by his comfort with the different styles. During his short but almost supernaturally creative ten years as the artist, the van Gogh made transition from the realism to the impressionism particularly pointillism to the expressionism with nary the glitch. His own style was much quite firmly in the place by the most recent few years of his life, as well as is now either labeled as "expressionistic" or else "post-impressionist." Two of his famous self-portraits will never have been painted not for his friend as well as eventual nemesis, the Paul Gauguin. One is the haunting as well as disquieting painting that was called "Self-Portrait Dedicated to the Paul Gauguin," and other was simply titled as the "Self-Portrait with the Bandaged Ear."

The incident that caused the van Gogh to piece off most of the earlobe is perhaps the most famous in the art history. During the aggressive difference with one of his companion Gauguin, Vincent heard the terms "Kill him" in ear that he opted to take away rather than follow. This wonderful artist suffered all throughout his life from disorderly emotional seizures as well as great mental strife that led him to enter the asylum for a year plus then to commit suicide.

It is simple to romanticize such bigger than life nature whose work constantly creates an enormous impact in the spectator's heart as well as mind. We always say, "Oh you were get the wrong idea, but we always understand, Vincent." And certainly, we do also understand. The fact is, his supreme gift was the aptitude to make the paintings that are at once extremely moving as well as also very simple enough to converse with diamond like clarity. Though mainly unrecognized during all his lifetime, Van Gogh used believed in himself to be the true artist. His thirty-seven years on earth were not very easy nor enjoyable, being complete depressive as well as violent episodes. But in his body of self-portraits inform us anything, it is that he identify, loved with accepted himself as the beloved friends as well as peasants he depicted lots of care as well as compassion.
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