Essay on The Possibilities Of Self Representation

929 Words Oct 30th, 2016 4 Pages
The possibilities of self-representation through selfies allowed the expanding of realism of one’s emotions that are freely experienced and expressed without judgment by others. Colour became symbolic in expressing internal turmoil. Selfies can also be a form of control over Self-image, letting us choose how we’re perceived. The Dutch painters, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669) painted over 40 self-portraits and Vincent Van Gogh, (1853–1890) painted over 30 self-portraits. An interesting aspect of Rembrandt’s self-portraits, writers talk about the quality and techniques, but never, about why there 's so many and the reason behind them. Nobody writes about, how they record his progress from a young man, to when he was an old man deteriorating, losing his spirit or vigor in his face. Van Gogh self-portraits show his ‘tormented mind’ or maybe we only see his suffering; because we know him for the ‘cutting-his-own-ear-off’ incident. One of the characteristics of his paintings is the sunny yellow ambiance that infuses them. People always write that Van Gogh indulged heavily in absinthe, a drink known to produce ‘yellow vision’ in addicts. Although this may be true, however, it can be the case that Van Gogh as a painter knew, yellow helps with decision making as it relates to clarity of thought and ideas. Interestingly and strangely enough, Van Gogh never seems to look directly at his ‘audience’ in his self-portraits. Perhaps the story of their lives reflect their…

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