London, Feb 2 (EFE).- A year before his death, Vincent Van Gogh said in a letter to his brother that if it was difficult to get to know oneself, it was even more difficult to paint a portrait of oneself.
Nonetheless, the artist managed to do so and produced 35 self-portraits, 16 of which are currently exhibited in London.
The Van Gogh: Self Portraits exhibition at The Courtauld is the first time the Dutch painter’s self-portraiture has been explored.
Among the works displayed, visitors will find two paintings that are being exhibited together for the first time in 130 years. The last time they were reunited was in the artist’s studio.
The 16 pieces trace the evolution of the artist’s self representation from his earlier self-portraits in 1886, during his formative years in Paris, to those painted in 1889 at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
One of his last self-portraits before his suicide in 1890 is also displayed at The Courtauld. EFE