Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch; 1853-1890): "Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin"; 1888. Oil on canvas, (23 3/4 x 19 1/2 in). In his correspondence with Paul Gauguin, van Gogh compared himself to Buddhist monk, “a simple worshiper of the eternal Buddha."
Lucian Freud (German born; British...1922-2011); Girl in a Dark Jacket; 1947, oil on canvas, 18.5 x 15 inches
(Portrait of his first wife, Kitty).
"Freud rarely talks about his art. He almost always refused interviews and, aged 81 at the time the conversations in this book were recorded (2003-4), it had taken him his 49 year career, he says, to “know that the main point about painting is paint: that it is all about paint.” (From "The Telegraph" article: "Lucian Freud: 10 things you didn't know about his paintings")