6 x 8"
oil on panel
The Art Institute of Chicago has several paintings by Vincent van Gogh but his Self-Portrait is special. The size is unusually modest and you'll notice he adopts George Seurat's pointillist technique - one he saw in Seurat's fabulous A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Every single stroke is slashed on in little bits, the background is speckled with blues, greens, oranges and reds on top of a teal/blue surface. The face is intense with multitudes of flesh, teal, oranges, reds, ochers and whites.
It's a small painting but an enormous treat for visitors.