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Self Portrait with Straw Hat, Vincent van Gogh

Self Portrait with Straw Hat, Vincent van Gogh
Self Portrait with Straw Hat, Vincent van Gogh

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Self Portrait, Edgar Degas

Self Portrait, Edgar Degas

Self Portrait, Edgar Degas

Self Portrait, Paul Gauguin

Self Portrait, Camille Pissarro

Self Portrait 1, Camille Pissarro

Self Portrait 2, Camille Pissarro

Self Portrait 3, Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro was a French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas. His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, as he was the only artist to exhibit in both forms. Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. He later studied and worked alongside Georges Seurat and Paul Signac when he took on the Neo-Impressionist style at the age of 54.

In 1873 he helped establish a collective society of fifteen aspiring artists, becoming the “pivotal” figure in holding the group together and encouraging the other members. Impressionism historian John Rewald called Pissarro the “dean of the Impressionist painters”, not only because he was the oldest of the group, but also “by virtue of his wisdom and his balanced, kind, and warmhearted personality”.Cezanne said “he was a father for me. A man to consult and a little like the good Lord,” and he was also one of Gauguin’s masters. Renoir referred to his work as “revolutionary”, through his artistic portrayals of the “common man”, as Pissarro insisted on painting individuals in natural settings without “artifice or grandeur”.
Pissarro is the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886. As a stylistic forerunner of Impressionism, he is today considered a “father figure not only to the Impressionists” but to all four of the major Post-Impressionists, including Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

Self Portrait, Vincent van Gogh

Self Portrait with Arm Twisting above Head, Egon Schiele

Self Portrait with Arm Twisting above Head, Egon Schiele

Self Portrait with Arm Twisting above Head, Egon Schiele
Egon Schiele was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work is noted for its intensity, and the many self-portraits the artist produced. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele’s paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism.

Self Portrait, Leonardo da Vinci

Self Portrait, Leonardo da Vinci

Self Portrait, Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote”. Marco Rosci points out, however, that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.

Self Portrait, Vincent van Gogh

Self Portrait, Eugene Delacroix

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