IN THE PICTURE at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

21st February – 24th May.

A portrait tells us more than you may initially think. How did Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Thérèse Schwartze and other artists present themselves in their portraits? Find out more in the exhibition ‘In the Picture’.

People throughout the world recognize Vincent van Gogh – the man with the red beard and intense expression. Our image of the artist has been primarily shaped by his self-portraits.

In the 19th century painters made self portraits to practice, experiment, or to set out their identity. They also made portraits of one other, often as a token of friendship.

The spring exhibition In the Picture tells stories about identity and image, in 75 portraits.

The self-portraits of Vincent van Gogh are the thread running through this exhibition. Van Gogh paints his famous Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear in 1889. In this work, Vincent portrays himself as being both vulnerable and strong. Things were difficult, yet he continued to paint.

In the Picture shows that a portrait says more than you may initially think. Is it about a good resemblance, expressing the inner self or rather about defining an image? Like people nowadays carefully think about how they present themselves, for example when taking seflies, so did the 19th century painters. What do we show of ourselves? What not? Such considerations are of all times.