Self-Portrait: Les Misérables
Oil on Canvas
I chose this piece because I liked Gaugin's use of cool and dark colors between the foreground and background. The contrast of the warm and cool creeping into each depth of the painting is also a really nice touch, the light on his face and the sun on the hung painting. The distance from the wall of the background and the foreground is amplified by the shades of his face and the value difference. He demonstrates his preference for this style rather than impressionism, he is not copying nature or his environment, this art is an abstraction of it.