Self-portrait grotesque - Paul Gauguin. 79.2x51.3
Paul Gauguin throughout his life repeatedly performed his own portraits. It was painted in a small village in Le Pudaldo, where the artist stayed with friends. The innkeeper asked them to paint walls and furniture. On the oak door of the wardrobe, the master wrote his own, filled with well-known symbols "Self-portrait grotesque". He conditionally divided the work into two color zones devoid of shades - red, meaning love and passion, and yellow, alluding to the divine radiance of heavenly forces. The halo above the artist's head means that he is a saint, but hanging apples and a snake wrapped around Gauguin's fingers are symbols of his temptation. The painter is at a crossroads: what to choose - vice or virtue? But the smirk on his face clearly indicates the preference of the master, which is confirmed by his further biography.