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9.6.11

Art Within Art- Van Gogh's Portrait of Gaugain

Portrait of Gaugain
woman enjoying Van Gogh's Portrait of Gaugain

G. Boersma
acrylics on masonite
6" x 6" or 15 x 15 cm
2011
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On todays painting you see a woman admiring Van Gogh's portrait of Gaugain. Both painters lived and worked together for a while. Rumor has it that Vincent's brother Theo paid Gaugain to do so.

Vincent was desperate for a painting buddy and thought Gaugain was the perfect match. From Gaugain's point of view it wasn't. He couldn't handle Van Gogh's odd moods.

There's a theory floating around that it was Gaugain who cut Van Gogh's ear during a nasty fight. Vincent protected Gaugain by saying he did it to himself, that's how much he wanted Gaugain to stay.

Not sure if this theory has any truth to it, but it sure is an interesting take on things. Finally Gaugain left, but not before Van Gogh made this wonderful portrait of him.

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