"Portrait of Pere Tanguy" by Vincent Van Gogh
I have never painted a portrait, except of myself (14), and I’m not sure if my style lends itself to portraiture. This week I will examine some portraits I like and think about doing one of my own. Tanguy had an art supply shop in Paris that was popular with many of the impressionists. For starving artists like Vincent he often took paintings in exchange for supplies. His shop was said to be like an impressionist art gallery and I’m sure his heirs made out like bandits. In this picture I really sense Vincent’s fondness for his subject and wonder if that is a pre-requisite for a good portrait. Let’s find out together.