Paul Gauguin, Self-Portrait, 1893
Paul Gauguin, Self-Portrait, 1893

Why paint a self-portrait? Is it about vanity? You want to look a certain way, the way you see yourself in your mind’s eye? Especially in today’s age, when it’s easy to get a nice photograph of yourself, self-portraiture might seem fussy, a waste of time and materials, even weird. But I think there’s a lot going on in the artist’s mind while painting a self-portrait. And it might be that he has painted parts of his mind into the picture, right along with his face. That is something a camera doesn’t catch.


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