Self-Portrait 1889 by Vincent Van Gogh
Self-Portrait, produced in late August 1889, less than a year before his untimely death at age 37, in July 1890.
The jolting, poignant Self-Portrait is one of the last renditions of Van Gogh’s penetrating interpretation of his own visage. Only three of his 36 self-portraits depict him as an artist, holding his palette and brushes. With his wounded ear turned away from the viewer, he confronts his own gaunt image, full of introspection and intensity. Unable at this point to confront other patients, or reality itself, he assumes the dual role of model and artist.