The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, series 2 (Van Gogh)

I used to think Van Gogh had a loose style. After seeing the paintings up close, I no longer think so. Although the images are constructed of many individual strokes of color, each of those  paint strokes is carefully and deliberately applied. In this painting, see how the paint strokes are directional, showing different overall directions in the jacket.

Van Gogh Self Portrait at field easelVan Gogh Self Portrait at field easel

Here are close ups:

Van Gogh Self Portrait using a field easel detail jacket

Van Gogh Self Portrait using a field easel detail jacket

Van Gogh Self Portrait using a field easel detail palette

Van Gogh Self Portrait using a field easel detail palette

The next one’s blurry, but bear with me, the detailed shots turned out better.

Van Gogh Self Portrait

Van Gogh Self Portrait

These turned out better:

Van Gogh Self Portrait detail enhanced

Van Gogh Self Portrait detail enhanced

Van Gogh Self Portrait detail enhanced 2

Van Gogh Self Portrait detail enhanced 2

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