Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin, 1888, oil on canvas, 24 x 19-11/16 inches (Fogg, Harvard Art Museums) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker. This self portrait was painted for Paul Gauguin as part of swap between the artists. Van Gogh chose to represent himself with monastic severity. The other painting is Paul Gauguin's Self-Portrait Dedicated to Vincent van Gogh (Les Misérables). Gauguin's title is a reference to the heroic fugitive, Jean Valjean, in Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables. .Created byBeth Harris and Steven Zucker.