Monday, 22 January 2018

Artist's Self-Portraits - part 4

A series on artist’s self-portraits. Some are famous as portraitists, others not so much, but very many artists have painted their own portraits over centuries. Some of the more contemporary artists became more experimental with their style of painting as time went on, and it’s interesting to see that development in their own portraits as well.

I decided to run the series in alphabetical order rather than chronological order, to give a more interesting mix of styles through the ages.


This is part 4 of an 8-part series on Artist’s Self Portraits:



Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1st Baronet (1646 Free City of Lübeck -1723 London)

was the leading portrait painter in England during the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and was court painter to English and British monarchs from Charles II to George I.

Godfrey Kneller 1672-73 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 65.1 x 53.3 cm
Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, CT

Godfrey Kneller 1685 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 75.6 x 62.9 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London

Godfrey Kneller 1694 Self-Portrait
mezzotint 36 x 26.9 cm
de Young / Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

Godfrey Kneller n.d. Self-Portrait



Govert Teuniszoon Flinck (1615 Kleve, Germany – 1660 Amsterdam) was a Dutch painter of the Dutch Golden Age.

Govert Flinck 1639 Self-Portrait aged 24
oil on oak panel 65.8 x 54.4 cm
© The National Gallery, London



Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet (1819 Omans, France – 1877 La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland) was a French painter who led the Realism movement in 19th-century French painting.

Gustave Courbet 1842 Self-Portrait with Black Dog
oil on canvas 27 x 23 cm
Musée municipal de Pontarlier, France

Gustave Courbet 1843c Le Désespéré ( The Desperate Man; Self-Portrait )
oil on canvas 45 x 54 cm
Private Collection

Gustave Courbet 1848-49 Self-Portrait with Pipe
oil on canvas 45.8 x 37.8 cm



Gwendolen (Gwen) Mary John (1876 Haverfordwest, Wales, UK – 1939 Dieppe, France) was a Welsh artist who worked in France for most of her career. Her paintings, mainly portraits of anonymous female sitters, are rendered in a range of closely related tones.

Gwen John 1902 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 44.8 x 34.9 cm
Tate, London

Gwen John 1907 Self-Portrait with Letter

Gwen John 1907-09c Self-Portrait
pencil on paper
Private Collection



Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 Augsburg, Germany – 1543 London) was a German and Swiss artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century.

Hans Holbein the Younger 1542-43 Self-Portrait
coloured chalk, pen and gold 32 x 26 cm
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy



Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa, also known as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, (1864 Albi, France – 1901 Saint-André-du-Bois, France) was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century allowed him to produce a collection of enticing, elegant and provocative images of the modern, sometimes decadent, affairs of those times.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1882 Self-Portrait

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1882-3 Self-portrait in front of a Mirror
oil on cardboard 40.5 x 32.5 cm
Musée Toulouse Lautrec, Albi, France

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1885c Self-Portrait caricature
pen and ink 30.4 x 12.7 cm
Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi, France



Henri Fantin-Latour (1836 Grenoble, France – 1904 Buré, France) was a French painter and lithographer best known for his flower paintings and group portraits of Parisian artists and writers.

Henri Fantin-Latour 1858c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas laid down on canvas 25.4 x 20 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Henri Fantin-Latour 1860 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 31.4 x 25.4 cm
Tate, London

Henri Fantin-Latour 1860 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 54.3 x 42.9 cm
Harvard Art Museums / Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA

Henri Fantin-Latour 1861 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 25.1 x 21.4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Henri Fantin-Latour 1867 Self Portrait
oil on canvas 64 x 55.2 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, UK



Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse (1869 Le Cateau-Chambrésis, France – 1954 Nice, France) was a French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter.

Henri Matisse 1900 Self-Portrait
Centre Pompidou, Paris

Henri Matisse 1900 Self-Portrait
ink on paper

Henri Matisse 1900-03 Self-Portrait of the Artist
etching drypoint, fourth state of four 14.9 x 19.8 cm ( plate )
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Henri Matisse 1906 Self-Portrait in a Striped Shirt
oil on canvas 55 x 46 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Henri Matisse 1918 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 65 x 54 cm
Musée Départemental Henri Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis

Henri Matisse 1935 Self-Portrait
ink on paper



Henri Julien Félix Rousseau (1844 Laval, France – 1910 Paris, France) was a French post-impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier, a humourous description of his occupation as a toll and tax collector.

Henri Rousseau 1890 Self-Portrait from the L'ile Saint Louis
oil on canvas 146 x 113 cm

Henri Rousseau 1900 Portrait of the Artist with a Lamp ( Self-Portrait )
oil on canvas 24 x 19 cm
Musée Picasso, Paris

Henri Rousseau 1905c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 17.8 x 13.8 cm
Brooklyn Museum, New York



Hilda Anne Carline (1889 London – 1950 London) was a British painter, daughter of the artist George Francis Carline, and first wife of the artist Stanley Spencer.

Hilda Carline 1923 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 74.9 x 63.7 cm
Tate, London
© Estate of Hilda Carline. All Rights Reserved 2017



Isaac Rosenberg (1890 Bristol, UK – 1918 The Somme, France) was an English poet and artist. His Poems from the Trenches are recognised as some of the most outstanding poetry written during the First World War.

Isaac Rosenberg 1911 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 49.5 38.7 cm
Tate, London

Isaac Rosenberg 1916 Self-Portrait in a Steel Helmet
black chalk, gouache and wash on paper 22.4 x 19.6 cm
Ben Uri Galleries, London


Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoy, aka Kramskoi (1837 Russia – 1887 St Petersburg, Russia) was a Russian painter and art critic. He was an intellectual leader of the Russian democratic art movement in 1860-1880.

Ivan Kramskoy 1867 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 52.7 x 44 cm

Ivan Kramskoy 1874 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow



Jacques-Louis David (1748 Paris, France – 1825 Brussels, Belgium) was a French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the pre-eminent painter of the era.

Jacques-Louis David 1791 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 64 x 53 cm
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Jacques-Louis David 1794 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 80.5 x 64.1 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris



James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 Lowell, Mass. – 1903 London) was an American artist, active during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in the United Kingdom.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler 1896 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 46.4 x 61.6 cm

James Abbott McNeill Whistler 1972c Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of the Painter ( Self-Portrait )
oil on canvas



James Bolivar Manson (1879 London – 1945 London) was an artist and worked at the Tate gallery for 25 years, being its Director 1930–1938. In the Tate's own evaluation he was the "least successful" of their Directors.

James Bolivar Manson 1912c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 50.8 x 39.7 cm
Tate, London

James Bolivar Manson ( n.d. ) Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 30.5 x 20.3 cm



Jan Lievens (1607 Leiden, Netherlands – 1674 Amsterdam, Netherlands) was a Dutch painter, usually associated with Rembrandt, working in a similar style.

Jan Lievens 1629-30c Self-Portrait
oil on panel 42 x 33 cm
Private Collection

Jan Lievens early 1650s Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 96.2 x 77 cm
The National Gallery, London



Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796 Paris, France – 1875 Paris, France) was a French landscape and portrait painter as well as a printmaker in etching.

Jean Baptiste Camille Corot 1818-21c Self-Portrait
oil on paper laid down on board 22 x 16.7 cm

Jean Baptiste Camille Corot 1825c Self-Portrait
oil on paper laid down on canvas 32 x 24 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Jean Baptiste Camille Corot 1840c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 25 x 33 cm
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy



Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780 Montauban, France – 1867 Paris, France) was a French Neoclassical painter. Although he considered himself to be a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres's portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognised as his greatest legacy.

Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres Self-Portrait
oil on canvas

Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres 1835 Self-Portrait
crayon on paper
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres 1859 Self-Portrait
oil on paper laid down on canvas 65.4 x 53.7 cm
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA


 Joan Miró i Ferrà (1893 Barcelona, Spain – 1983 Palma, Majorca, Spain) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another, the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, was established in his adoptive city of Palma de Mallorca in 1981.


Joan Miro 1917 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 61 x 50 cm
Private Collection

Joan Miro 1919 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 75 x 60 cm
Musée Picasso, Paris

Joan Miro 1937-38 Self-Portrait 
pencil and oil on canvas
(see below)

Joan Miro 1937-38 Self-Portrait 
pencil and oil on canvas 
Collection of Emilio Fernández, on loan to the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona


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