Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887, Oil on canvas, 16 1/8 x 13 inches (41 x 33 cm); Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).
If you live in Denver or are passing through sometime before January 20, 2013, be sure to see the "Becoming Van Gogh" exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibit displays van Gogh's art from when he first decided to become an artist (after pursuing a number of other careers) to his more famous later works. It is fascinating to see his evolution as an artist and to learn about how he really committed himself to his craft and was largely self-taught. Image credit to the Denver Art Museum.