Self-Portrait with Dark Felt Hat (1886) by Vincent Van Gogh

Self-Portrait with Dark Felt Hat - Vincent Van Gogh - 1886

Artwork Information

TitleSelf-Portrait with Dark Felt Hat
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions32.5 x 41 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationVan Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Location Created Paris, France

About Self-Portrait with Dark Felt Hat

The artwork “Self-Portrait with Dark Felt Hat” was created by the renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh in 1886. This oil on canvas masterpiece falls within the category of self-portraits and is attributed to the Post-Impressionism art movement. It measures 32.5 by 41 centimeters and was painted in Paris, France. Currently, the artwork is housed at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The self-portrait presents a penetrating gaze from the artist, who has depicted himself with solemnity and depth. Van Gogh’s use of color is expressive, with the earthy tones and dark contrasts highlighting the contours of his face and the texture of his felt hat. The brushwork varies across the composition, causing the stark features and keen eyes to draw the viewer in, revealing the inner turbulence and contemplation Van Gogh may have experienced at the time. The somber palette is enlivened by strokes of light on his left cheek and collar, implying a complex interplay between light and shadow. This self-portrait exemplifies Van Gogh’s unique ability to convey emotion through color and texture, making it an important work within his oeuvre.

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