Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, December 1886-January 1887
oil on canvas,
41.5 cm x 32.5 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
In this self-portrait, Van Gogh is wearing a black felt hat, an overcoat and a tie (cravat). He looks like a respectable gentleman.
An X-ray image of this work makes it clear that Van Gogh painted it over another painting. He had made that earlier study – of a standing nude woman – in the atelier of Fernand Cormon (1845-1924) in Paris. He took lessons there in the spring of 1886. Instead of scraping off the painting beneath this one, he painted his self-portrait over it. He did, however, cover the woman with a new ground layer first.