Van Gogh | Portraits of the Artist

One Hundred Great Paintings | Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh

How is Van Gogh's depression revealed in his self-portraits?

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 27 August 1981

DURATION | 10 minutes 29 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1981

Synopsis

David Piper visits the Louvre in Paris to discuss Van Gogh's self-portraits in the context of his other works and portraits of the artist painted by some of his contemporaries.

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After 18 years working at the National Portrait Gallery, art historian Sir David Piper served as its director from 1964 until 1967. He was later a director at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. His books include 'The English Face' and 'The Companion Guide to London'. He wrote novels using the name Peter Towry, most notably 'Trial by Battle' (1959), which was based on his experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II. He died in 1990, aged 72.

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