Newly transformed following a multi-million pound modernisation project, The Courtauld hosts the first ever exhibition dedicated to self-portraits by Van Gogh from throughout his career.
Used as a form of self-expression, an avenue for exploring new techniques, a method of introspection and as practice with a readily available model, Van Gogh’s instantly recognisable self-portraits are a revealing strand of his artistic output. From early studies created during his formative years in Paris, to Self-Portrait with a Palette, painted in an asylum the year before his death, the paintings on display offer an insight into both Van Gogh’s creative practice and life.
Breaking new ground, this exhibition showcases over half of the self-portraits Van Gogh painted, reuniting works that haven’t been seen together since they occupied his studio. Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, one of more than 15 works featured, is to go on permanent display at The Courtauld following the exhibition.
The exhibition is being held in the gallery’s new Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries, part of the most significant modernisation project in The Courtauld’s history.