Martin's first attempt at a self-portrait
‘It’s difficult to know yourself,’ wrote van Gogh in one of his many letters, ‘but it isn’t easy to paint yourself either.’ Yet artists keep doing it, whatever the dictates of fashion or their times.
The artwork is my first self-portrait. I expected that the painting of it would present the same challenges portraits of other people presented. I was surprised to find the experience confronting.
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