Self-Portrait ‘Les Miserables’
Oil on canvas
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Before his departure to Aries in 1888. Gauguin and Vincent van Gough exchanged examples of their work, including several self-portraits. ‘Self Portrait ‘Les Miserables’’ was among the paintings sent to Van Gough. Gauguin includes a full-profile likeness of the fictional character from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, the morally stoic but socially persecuted hero Jean Valjean. Gauguin draws a parallel between himself and Valjean in that no matter what subsequent virtues a petty crime brand a person for life.
Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Primitivism in Art
Born: 7 June 1848, Paris, France
Died: 8 May 1903, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
Gauguin was a Post-Impressionist artist. His work was unappreciated until after his death, and now Gauguin is recognised for his unique and experimental use of colour and Syntheitist style. Gauguin spent the last ten years of his life in French Polynesia and his paintings from that period depict people and landscapes of the region