This longsleeve Van Gogh cotton shirt was created by SBMA in honor of the exhibition Through Vincent's Eyes, on view February 27th, 2022 through May 22nd, 2022.
This T-shirt features a detail of Van Gogh's Self Portait with a Pipe. Van Gogh painted many self-portraits, more than 20 in Paris alone. In each one, he looks different. Vincent saw these self-portraits as a means to practice the art of portraiture. In each one, he experimented with facial expressions, colours and forms.
In Paris, Van Gogh had discovered the work of Adolphe Monticelli (1824-1886). He admired this older French painter for his rich colour palette and thick application of paint. In this self-portrait he tried out Monticelli's approach to colour and light effects. The pale tones of his face stand out starkly against the warm, dark red background.
The back of the shirt is accented with a Van Gogh quote, "Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it." The left shoulder displays the SBMA logo.
100% pima cotton.