Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Showing until: 24 May 2020
The Van Gogh Museum presents In the Picture, an exhibition focusing on the role and significance of artist portraits. Some 75 portraits offer a wide-ranging introduction to the wealth of self-portraits and portraits of artists produced in the second half of the 19th century and the early 20th century.
In the Picture unites major names and new faces. Portraits by Vincent van Gogh will be exhibited alongside works by Edvard Munch, Gustave Courbet, Francis Bacon and Helene Schjerfbeck. In addition, there will be works by modern and contemporary artists who have been inspired by Van Gogh’s self-portraits.
Self-portraits, portraits of artists and studio portraits come in all shapes and sizes, but they all share one key connection: they are representations of artists in which the boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred.
Vincent van Gogh’s self-portraits and portraits of him by his friends form the heart of the exhibition, with a lead role reserved for Van Gogh’s Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear, on special loan from The Courtauld Gallery in London. Themes include image-building, introspection and the myth of the suffering artist.
Paula Modersohn-Becker, Self-Portrait with Amber Necklace, c. 1905.