Van Gogh Made A Self-Portrait During Psychosis Treatment
Van Gogh Made A Self-Portrait During Psychosis Treatment The decades-long debate over the self-portrait of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh in the National Museum of Norway has ended.
Research at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam revealed that the work was a self-portrait of the famous painter.
According to the study, van Gogh painted the portrait in 1889 when he was undergoing treatment for psychosis.
The National Museum in Oslo, the capital of Norway, bought the painting, which is said to be a self-portrait of Van Gogh, in 1910. In the 1970s, however, the claim was made that the work did not belong to the Dutch painter.
To dispel doubts about the painting, the Norwegian National Museum sent the painting to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2014 for research purposes.
After nearly 5 years of research, it was determined that van Gogh made the work, a self-portrait, in 1889, when he was treated for psychosis.
Style and Letter
Lois van Tilborgh, a van Gogh Museum researcher, said technical features such as color and style also revealed that the painting belonged to the Dutch painter.
In a statement to Dutch television (nos), Van Tilborg also said that information about this work was contained in a letter written by van Gogh at the time of his admission to a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
The famous painter, in his letter to his brother Theo, states that he began to make his own portrait during the period when he was ill. Vincent van Gogh’s treatment at the hospital lasted from July 1889 to the end of August.
“We see a very timid man,” researcher van Tilborg said, stressing that the image in the painting “reflects a person suffering from psychosis.” He’s looking sideways. This is one of the most obvious images for depression patients,” he says.
According to Van Tilborg, van Gogh did a very good job of reflecting on his current situation. The portrait, which will be on display at the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam until May 24, will then be returned to the Norwegian National Museum.