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Self-Portrait, Gauguin (ASL)

Gauguin’s unnerving Self-Portrait is painted on a dining room cupboard door from an inn in the Breton hamlet Le Pouldu in northwest France. The viewer must decide whether this disembodied head floating against a field of crimson and warm yellow represents Gauguin as Christ with a halo or is Satan holding the snake that tempted Eve to eat the forbidden apples, hanging directly above.

08/04/15