Artwork Title: Self Portrait - Artist Name: Paul GauguinArtwork Title: Self Portrait - Artist Name: Paul Gauguin

Self Portrait, 1885

Paul Gauguin

Examination of the painting under infrared light and with radiographs has revealed that Gauguin made important changes in his self-image as he developed it ever more starkly. At first he portrayed himself in profile and included reproductions of his own paintings on the background wall. Turned to confront the viewer in the final work, he shows himself left-handed, like his image in a mirror, crowded in an attic space with a slanted beam...


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