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Self-portrait

An image showing a self-portrait painted by Vincent Van Gogh, a red-haired man wearing a hat

Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh, Public Domain

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    • Have you ever taken a selfie? People have been creating self-portraits for a very long time - even before cameras were invented, or widely used. The famous artist Vincent Van Gogh used to paint self-portraits to try out new painting techniques when he couldn't afford a model.

      Things to think about...
      • How do you think an artist wold have gone about painting a self portrait?
      • Do you think that this is an accurate picture of the artist?
      • Look at the brush strokes, are they precise?
      • Do you think that Van Gogh could have been experimenting with a new style here?
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