This self-portrait

was one of about 40 that he produced over a 10-year period. Van Gogh painted himself, mostly because he didn’t had the money to pay for models.

The Musée d’Orsay in Paris obtained the painting in 1986 and it’s been in the collection since. It was painted shortly after he left the St. Remy asylum in July 1889 and shows that he was still fighting his demons. It is arguably the most intense self-portrait in the history of art.

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