Week 5, Task 4: Blog post, Demonstrate Visual Analysis

vincent van gough

Vincent van Gogh. 1889. Painting, Oil on canvas. Web. 14 April 2016


Vincent van Gogh painted over 43 self-portraits between the years 1886 and 1889. His collection of self-portraits places him among the most prolific self-portraitists of all time. Van Gogh used portrait painting as a method of introspection, a method to make money and a method of developing his skills as an artist. (The Van Gogh Gallery)

More than an innocuous way to hone his skills, the self-portraits often foreshadowed the crossroads and identity crises of his life. (Rock, Margret.)

“People say, and I am willing to believe it, that it is hard to know yourself,” he once wrote his brother Theo. “But it is not easy to paint yourself, either.” (Van Gough, Vincent)

These self-portraits can be dated back to be some of the most famous portraits in history as they were a reality shock to people in these eras, as one to have that many self-portraits must be so vain and narcissistic to do so, but he continued. This may have been because of how instead of just looking at something as it is shown in reality, there is always an underlying meaning, to a point where the artist is changing perspectives and influencing emotions (Levy, Don) which he did through history.
Works Cited:

Levy, Don. “Visual Literacy in a Visual Age” TedX, 2014. Web. 27th April 2016.

Rock, Margret. “What Van Gogh Can Teach You About Taking Selfies Will Blow Your Mind” Article, 2016. Web. 27th April 2016.

Unknown. “The Van Gogh Gallery”. 15 January 2013. Templeton Reid, LLC. Web. 14 April 2016


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