An imaginary interview with Van Gogh about his self portraits

An imaginary interview with Van Gogh about his self portraits

Imaginary Interview with Vincent van Gogh about his Self-Portraits
Setting: A brightly lit art studio filled with vibrant paints and canvases. Vincent van Gogh, dressed in his signature blue coat, sits with a determined look on his face.

Interviewer: Mr. van Gogh, thank you for taking the time to speak with me today.

Van Gogh: (Nods) It's my pleasure.

Interviewer: Your self-portraits are some of your most iconic works. What drew you to paint yourself so frequently?

Van Gogh: Well, there were a few reasons. Firstly, models were expensive, and I often couldn't afford them. I had myself readily available, and I could explore my emotions and expressions in a way that felt honest.

Interviewer: You certainly capture a wide range of emotions in your self-portraits. From the determined gaze in "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear" to the contemplative one in "Self-Portrait with Straw Hat."

Van Gogh: (Smiles) Yes, I aimed to be truthful in my depictions. I didn't shy away from portraying my struggles with mental health and the intensity of my emotions.

Interviewer: The colors in your self-portraits are so striking and vibrant. They seem to go beyond mere representation and evoke a strong emotional response.

Van Gogh: Indeed. Colors were incredibly important to me. They weren't just about depicting reality; they were a way to express the inner turmoil and emotions I felt. In my self-portraits, the colors became an extension of myself, as intense and swirling as the emotions within.

Interviewer: Did you ever find it challenging to paint yourself so honestly?

Van Gogh: It definitely wasn't always easy. Staring into the mirror and confronting my own image, flaws and all, could be quite daunting. However, it also allowed me to delve into the depths of my inner self and explore who I truly was.

Interviewer: Do you think your self-portraits offer a window into your soul, a way for viewers to connect with you on a deeper level?

Van Gogh: I hope so. Through these paintings, I wanted to share my struggles, my joys, and my unique perspective on the world. If they can evoke any kind of emotion or understanding in the viewer, then I would consider them successful.

Interviewer: Thank you again, Mr. van Gogh, for your insights. Your self-portraits continue to inspire and resonate with viewers around the world.

Van Gogh: (Nods) Thank you for your interest. I'm glad that my work continues to connect with people even after all these years.



Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh


Vincent van Gogh, born 1853 in the Netherlands, is a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. Though artistically talented, his early ca ...