In September

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In September, his work was requested for the "Les XX" ("The Twenty") exhibition of  post-Impressionist artists in Paris, and although his  Irises  and  Starry Sky  were well  received at the fifth Artistes Independents show, his interest in refining his portraits  grew. In the fall he wrote Theo that he was "working like one actually possessed. .. in a  dumb fury of work" (L 604), and during this period he was working on some of his most  famous and most revealing self-portraits, including  Self-Portrait,  September 1889,  Self- Portrait with Clean-Shaven Face,  1889, and  Self- Portrait,  1889–90, in which his neurotic  patterning and texturing reached its mature pinnacle. He was quickly arriving at his goal  of portrait- making as icon or apparition, the spiritual or emotional ghost of the subject  and the painter alike. His landscapes were also attaining a kind of transcendent, 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course ART 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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