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By Jean Leymarie

Van gogh is likely one of the males to whom the elemental query that offers its basic name to this sequence applies so much aptly and certainly such a lot insistently. not just the 40 self-portraits painted or drawn in below 5 years, however the non-stop self-portrait inseparable from his existence which his entire paintings in reality represents, including the voluminous correspondence within which that paintings is mirrored and elucidated, represent the most dramatic and looking explorations of self ever tried, on a par with Dostoevsky's writings, a determined, tantalizing quest for a misplaced identification: "There is whatever inside of me, what's it then?"

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