A collection of self-portraits by Vincent van Gogh are going on display in London later this week. 

The portraits, exploring the artist's career, will be showcased at the Courtauld Gallery from Thursday, February 3. 

It is the first time the "full span" of 16 self-portraits from van Gogh will be on show.

The exhibition will explore his style from the early Self-Portrait With A Dark Felt Hat in 1886 to Self-Portrait With A Palette, painted while he was at an asylum in France in September 1889.

This Is Local London: A gallery assistant looks at Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, Arles, January 1889 (PA)A gallery assistant looks at Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, Arles, January 1889 (PA)

Dr Karen Serres, the curator of the exhibition, said:

Van Gogh is an icon of self-portraiture.

His self-portraits have come to define him in the public imagination, offering access to his personality and becoming the lens through which we view his genius, passion, resilience and struggles.

This exhibition is the first to explore the full span of Van Gogh’s self-portraiture, which is striking in its variety, offering a unique and fascinating opportunity to observe Van Gogh’s creative and personal development.

Visitors will be able to see one of his most famous works 'Self-Portrait With Bandaged Ear'.

Van Gogh had a difficult time with his mental health, which was depicted in his work. 

A pair of self-portraits painted a week apart, while the artist was at an asylum in the south of France, will be reunited at the exhibition for the first time in 130 years.

The paintings show van Gogh’s changing psychological conditions, from the depths of a mental health crisis to a state of recovery, and the way he viewed himself.

Portraits from collections at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris and the National Gallery in London will be on display.

How to get tickets

The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Van Gogh Self Portraits at The Courtauld opens on February 3 until May 8.

Tickets can be purchased on the website and a timed entry slot can be selected. 

You should allow 30 minutes for the visit and the Gallery closes at 6pm.

Tickets cost £20 for an adult with a donation, £18 without a donation and it is free for people aged 18 and under. 

There are also student tickets available for £7 with a donation and £6 without. 

Other concession prices can be found via the website

How to get there

The full address is The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN.

It is close to Temple, Charing Cross and Embankment tube stations and Charing Cross and Waterloo train stations.