Van Gogh’s earliest self-portrait found maybe

Vincent van Gogh, People walking in a park in Paris, 1886

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Van Gogh‘s earliest self-portrait found maybe

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Date: 10/28/05 at 8:01AM

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On Thursday night 27 October, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in The Netherlands mentioned a possibly important discovery.

X-ray photographs of Vincent van Gogh’s 1886 work “People walking in a park, Paris” showed an older painting underneath it.

If, as suspected, that is really a self-portrait, then it would be Van Gogh’s earliest one.

From the Van Gogh museum:


A park with two faces

From 28 October to 8 January 2006, the Van Gogh Museum will be receiving numerous paintings on loan from the Noro Foundation.

This collection comprises superb works by Jongkind, Monet, Renoir, Signac and Picasso, among others, as well as People walking in a park, Paris by Vincent van Gogh.

This colourful view of a park was painted in the autumn of 1886 during Van Gogh’s sojourn in Paris.

In the preparatory stages of the exhibition, Aukje Vergeest (art historian, Van Gogh Museum) discovered a second image underneath the park scene, namely a portrait!

She described her find in the catalogue Een park met twee gezichten. Van Goghs Wandelaars in een park, Parijs, en ander werk uit de Noro Foundation (catalogue only in Dutch), and will discuss this Van Gogh as well as other works in the Noro Foundation.

Begins: 8:00 pm
Location: meet up at the information desk
Language: Dutch
Duration: app. 45 minutes

9 thoughts on “Van Gogh’s earliest self-portrait found maybe

  1. RE: Van Gogh’s earliest self-portrait found maybe
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    Date: 10/28/05 at 8:36 AM (11M5d ago)
    Wow! this is wonderful.
    Your blog tempts me not to leave Modblog!

    CRITICALLY yours::::::LG

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    Date: 10/28/05 at 8:38 AM (11M5d ago)
    Thanks critical! As you may have seen, I linked your other blog.

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    Date: 10/28/05 at 8:44 AM

    CRITICALLY yours::::::LG

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    Date: 10/28/05 at 4:52 PM (11M4d ago)
    hope they don’t destroy one work to ‘save’ another 😦

    RE: Van Gogh’s earliest self-portrait found maybe
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    Date: 10/28/05 at 5:11 PM (11M4d ago)
    No, they are too careful for that probably at the Van Gogh museum. I think they are reconstructing the older portrait from X ray photographs.

    By the way, it is suggested Van Gogh was not quite satisfied with his first self-portrait; and when he wanted to make a new painting, lacked money for new linen; so, he painted over the self portrait.


  2. Re #4: those are not paintings by Van Gogh himself, but painted reproductions. Cheaper than a real Van Gogh (on which speculators today make millions while Van Gogh himself sold just one painting while he was alive).


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