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Mrs French


Mrs French's portrait is drawn by George (Year 6) in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. (You can find out more about the artist at the bottom of this page.)

Mrs French is a Year 1 teacher. She also teaches in Year 5 on a Wednesday. We asked her some questions to find out more about her:


Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh painted between 35 and 40 self-portraits during his relatively short career as an artist. He did all of them in 1885 through 1889. Art historians have speculated about why Van Gogh painted so many self-portraits. They point out that, being poor, the artist couldn't afford to hire actual models. Short of funds but determined nevertheless to hone his skills as a figure painter, Van Gogh became his own best sitter: "I purposely bought a good enough mirror to work from myself, for want of a model." Through his choices of colour and backgrounds, each Van Gogh self-portrait reflects the development of Vincent's artistic style. Early dark backgrounds gradually become lighter and more colourful. His neutral clothing brightens as the yellow straw hat and blue jacket appear.