The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam focuses on portraits of artists and self-portraits from 1850 to 1920.
Among the nine Van Gogh self-portraits is the one from Oslo’s National Museum, previously dismissed as a fake. Last month specialists at the Amsterdam museum authenticated the painting, describing it as the only surviving work which the artist did while recovering from a psychotic attack.
But at the same time a Monet “self-portrait” showing the bohemian artist has fallen from grace, and in the exhibition it is now attributed to a minor Swiss painter, Charles Giron.
Other specialists had suggested the painting is by Berthe Morisot or Monet’s friend the American Impressionist John Breck. Subsequent research undertaken for Wildenstein by the New York art historian Joseph Baillio confirmed the Giron attribution.
However,now Marmottan has admitted it is Giron’s. In 1885 Giron recorded in his diary a visit to Giverny, where after lunch he spent an hour painting a portrait study of his host, borrowing Monet’s own paints and palette.
The paintings at the Van Gogh Museum exhibition include more than half of the self-portraits and the other, representing a range of European and American artists. The exhibition includes 75 paintings, in addition to a smaller screen of paper works with artist portraits, including a watercolor painting by Van Gogh by British artist Archibald Hartrick.
Portraits of Dutch artists by Australian impressionist John Russell (1886) and Toulouse-Lautrec (1887) are displayed. In addition, fans can also enjoy the strong portrait of artist Anna Boch, of the impressive Belgian house Théo Van Rysselberghe (1892).