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The Many Faces of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was a fascinating painter and person. He lived a life of drama, captured through his many paintings.

An interesting way to view van Gogh’s life is through his self-portraits, where you can see him evolve as a person and as an artist. Each portrait is unique and seems to depict his emotion at the time of painting it.

On the technical side of things, notice van Gogh’s brilliant use of color and directional brushwork. His portraits are not perfect renditions. But they are powerful artworks.

Another point of interest is that he seemed to have the same focused and almost depressed facial expression in every portrait painting. Based on his portraits, there does not appear to have been much joy throughout van Gogh’s life, despite the beautiful artworks he produced.

Anyway, here is a gallery of van Gogh’s portraits:


It is fascinating how Vincent van Gogh can paint the same subject (himself) in so many different ways. Each painting is beautifully unique and is a fantastic demonstration of how to use color and brushwork to create impact in your paintings.

It is also important to note how experimental each of these paintings are. He painted fearlessly and clearly was not worried about experimenting in his paintings. That is perhaps why he is so revered today.

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Happy painting!

Dan Scott

Draw Paint Academy

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Dan Scott is the founder of Draw Paint Academy. He's a self-taught artist from Australia with a particular interest in landscape painting. Draw Paint Academy is run by Dan and his wife, Chontele, with the aim of helping you get the most out of the art life. You can read more on the About page.

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6 comments on “The Many Faces of Vincent van Gogh”

  1. PLEASE—

    The photograph Vincent van Gogh used as his model to create his self portraits!
    It has been proven! Without the photo Van Gogh would have never made any of his self portraits!

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