"For want of a better model," Van Gogh chose to paint his own portrait on many occasions. While in Paris between 1886 and 1888, Van Gogh lightened his palette under the influence of the brilliant colors of the impressionists, but he soon reserved the use of such light colors to express particular moods. Van Gogh's stay in Paris was a relatively happy one, and in this painting, created during the summer of 1887, he portrays himself with an almost light-hearted appearance.
Artist Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853-1890
  • Self Portrait
Date 1887
Medium oil on artist board, mounted to wood panel
Dimensions Unframed: 13 3/4 × 10 1/2 inches (34.9 × 26.7 cm)
Framed: 20 3/8 × 17 1/2 × 2 7/8 inches (51.8 × 44.5 × 7.3 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 22.13
Department European Painting
On View Modern C234, Level 2 (see map)
Collection Émile Bernard (possibly Paris, France).
1910, (Amboise Vollard, Paris, France);
1910-1912, (Paul Cassirer, Berlin, Germany).
Collection Bernard Goudchaux (Paris, France);
by 1920, Collection Dikran Khan Kélékian (Paris, France and New York, New York, USA);
January 30, 1922, auction Kélékian (American Art Association) lot 100 (New York, New York, USA);
Reinhardt Galleries;
1922-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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