Arts Everyday Living: Van Gogh, A Self-Portrait—-A Spiritual Transformation

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait (Dedicated to Paul Gauguin), 1888, oil on canvas, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA

I have a portrait of myself, all ash-colored…..But exaggerating my personality.  Also. I looked more for the character of a bonze, a simple worshipper of the eternal Buddha.

Excerpt from letter by Van Gogh, 10/3/1888 to Paul Gauguin

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