February 04, 2019


He painted the self-portrait on the back of a still life because he couldn’t afford any new canvas.

Previously, he had sometimes obtained painting materials on credit or in exchange for paintings. He got them from Père Tanguy, owner of a Parisian art supplies shop. But Tanguy’s wife put a stop to that. Vincent wrote angrily to his brother Theo, describing her as an ‘old witch’.