Stock up on blank note cards from the DIA. This card features Van Gogh's Self Portrait, 1887.
"For want of a better model," Van Gogh chose to paint his own portrait on many occasions. While in Paris between 1886 and 1888, Van Gogh lightened his palette under the influence of the brilliant colors of the impressionists, but he soon reserved the use of such light colors to express particular moods. Van Gogh's stay in Paris was a relatively happy one, and in this painting, created during the summer of 1887, he portrays himself with an almost light-hearted appearance.
Vincent van Gogh pursued various vocations before deciding to become an artist at the age of twenty-seven. Over the course of his decade-long career (1880–90), he produced nearly 900 paintings and more than 1,100 works on paper.
The Detroit Institute of Arts is home to Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.
Card Dimensions 4-1/2 x 5-3/4 inches
About the Artwork:
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 - 1890)
Self Portrait, 1887
Oil on artist board, mounted to wood panel
13 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches
City of Detroit Purchase