Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Artist's Self-Portraits - part 5

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 5 of an 8-part series on Artist’s Self Portraits:




John Bellany CBE, RA (1942 Cockenzie and Port Seton, UK – 2013 Saffron Walden, UK) was a Scottish painter. In 1988 the artist underwent liver transplant surgery. As soon as he came out of intensive care he began producing self-portraits charting the course of his convalescence.

John Bellany 1988 Self-Portrait ( Addenbrook's Hospital )
etching on paper 45.4 x 39.7 cm
Tate, London
© The Estate of John Bellany. All Rights Reserved 2017

John Bellany 1988 Self-Portrait ( Addenbrook's Hospital )
watercolour and crayon on paper 57 x 38.6 cm
Tate, London
© The Estate of John Bellany. All Rights Reserved 2017

John Bellany 1988 Self-Portrait ( Addenbrook's Hospital )
watercolour on paper 77.4 x 56.8 cm
Tate, London
© The Estate of John Bellany. All Rights Reserved 2017

John Bellany 1988 Self-Portrait (Addenbrook's Hospital )
watercolour and black chalk on  paper 57 x 38.6 cm
National Galleries of Scotland
© The Estate of John Bellany. All Rights Reserved 2017

John Bellany 1988 Self-Portrait (Addenbrook's Hospital )
watercolour and black chalk on paper 77.5 x 56.9 cm
National Galleries of Scotland
© The Estate of John Bellany. All Rights Reserved 2017

John Bellany 1988 Self-Portrait (Addenbrook's Hospital )
watercolour and black chalk on  paper 77.5 x 56.9 cm
National Galleries of Scotland
© The Estate of John Bellany. All Rights Reserved 2017

John Bellany



John Constable, RA (1776 East Bergholt, UK – 1837 London) was an English Romantic painter. Born in Suffolk, he is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home — now known as "Constable Country."


John Constable 1799-1804c Self-Portrait
graphite and black chalk heightened with white and red chalk
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

John Constable 1806 Self-Portrait
graphite on paper 19 x 14.5 cm
Tate, London



John Egerton Christmas Piper CH (1903 Epsom, UK – 1992 Fawley Bottom, UK) was an English painter, printmaker and designer of stained-glass windows and both opera and theatre sets.

John Piper 1988 Self-Portrait
mixed media and collage 23.2 x 17.5 cm
Private Collection

1989 John Piper Self-Portrait
pencil and watercolour on paper


John French Sloan (1871 Lock Haven, PA – 1951 Hanover, NH) was a twentieth-century painter and etcher and one of the founders of the Ashcan school of American art. He was also a member of the group known as The Eight.



John Sloan 1890 Self-portrait
oil on window shade 35.6 x 30.1 cm
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

John Sloan 1912 Self-Portrait in a Grey Shirt
oil on canvas 88.9 x 61 cm
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

John Sloan 1917-22c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 61.3 x 50.8 cm
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA

John Sloan 1946-47 Self-Portrait
tempera



Joseph Mallord William Turner RA, (1775 London – 1851 London) known as J. M. W. Turner and contemporarily as William Turner, was an English Romantic painter, printmaker and watercolourist, known for his expressive colourisation, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1799c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 74.3 x 58.4 cm
Tate, London



Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (1723 Plympton, UK – 1792 Richmond, London) was an English painter, specialising in portraits. John Russell said he was one of the major European painters of the 18th Century.

Joshua Reynolds, Self-Portrait with Artist shading his Eyes
oil on canvas 60.5 x 73.5 cm

Joshua Reynolds 1745-49c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm
Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Georgia

Joshua Reynolds 1750c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 63.5 x 47.6 cm
Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, CT

Joshua Reynolds 1753-58 Self-Portrait when Young
oil on canvas 73.7 x 61.6 cm
Tate, London

Joshua Reynolds 1775c Self-Portrait as a Deaf Man
oil on canvas 74.9 x 62.2 cm
Tate, London

Joshua Reynolds 1775c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 72 x 58 cm
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Joshua Reynolds 1775c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 73.7 x 61 cm
Tate, London

Joshua Reynolds 1784c Self-Portrait as a Figure of Horror
chalk on paper 36.8 x 25.1 cm
Tate, London

Joshua Reynolds 1788 Self-Portrait with Glasses
oil on panel 75.1 x 63.4 cm
Royal Collection


Julio González i Pellicer (1876 Barcelona, Spain – 1942 Arcueil, France) was a Catalan sculptor and painter who developed the expressive use of iron as a medium for modern sculpture.


Julio González 1920c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 27 x 22 cm
Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Spain

Julio González 1940 Self-Portrait
pencil and ink on paper

Julio González 1941 Self-Portrait
pencil on paper 31 x 20.4 cm
Tate, London

Julio González 1941 Self-Portrait
pencil, watercolour and pen and ink on paper 26.4 x 18.8 cm
Tate, London



Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, OM, RA (1836 Dronrijp, Netherlands – 1912 Wiesbaden, Germany) was a Dutch painter of special British denizenship. Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there.

Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1852 Self-Portrait
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1883 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 34.5 x 29.7 cm

Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1896 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 65.7 x 52.8 cm



Leon Kossoff (1926 London) is a British figurative painter known for portraits, life drawings and cityscapes of London.

Leon Kossoff 1952c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 56 x 40.5 cm
 Tate, London

Leon Kossoff 1967 Self-Portrait
charcoal on paper 76.3 x 55.6 cm
Tate, London

Leon Kossoff 1972 Self-Portrait N.1
oil on board 31 x 28.5 cm

Leon Kossoff 1981 Self-Portrait
oil on board 42.4 x 33 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London



Leslie George Hurry (1909 London – 1978) was a British artist and set designer for ballet, theatre and opera.

Leslie Hurry 1944 Self-Portrait
graphite, oil and ink on paper 91 x 70.6 cm
Tate, London
© The estate of Leslie Hurry



Lucian Michael Freud (1922 Berlin, Germany – 2011 London) was a British painter and draftsman, specialising in figurative art, and is known as one of the foremost 20th-century portraitists. He was born in Berlin, the son of a Jewish architect and the grandson of Sigmund Freud.

Lucien Freud 1946 Self-Portrait: Man with a Thistle
oil on canvas 61 x 50.2 cm
Tate, London
© The Lucien Freud Archive

Lucien Freud 1965 Reflection with Two Children ( Self-Portrait )
oil on canvas 91 x 91 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
© The Lucien Freud Archive

Lucien Freud 1985 Self-Portrait: Reflection
oil on canvas 56.2 x 51.2 cm
Private Collection
© The Lucien Freud Archive

Lucien Freud 2002 Self-Portrait: Reflection
oil on canvas 66 x 50.8 cm
© The Lucien Freud Archive



Marc Zakharovich Chagall (1887 Liozna, Belarus – 1985 St Paul de Vence, France) was a Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic format.

Marc Chagall 1909c Self-Portrait with Brushes
oil on canvas 48 x 57 cm
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

Marc Chagall 1913 Self-Portrait with Seven Digits
oil on canvas 107 x 128 cm
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Marc Chagall 1914 Self-Portrait
oil on paper 26.5 x 30 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

Marc Chagall 1914 Self-Portrait with Easel
oil on canvas 72 x 47 cm
Private Collection

Marc Chagall 1917 Self-Portrait with Easel

Marc Chagall 1959-68 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy



Marc Quinn (1964 London) is a British contemporary visual artist whose work includes sculpture, installation and painting.

Marc Quinn 1991 "Self"
blood, stainless steel, perspex and refrigeration equipment 208 x 63 x 63 cm
© Marc Quinn, All rights reserved 2017

Marc Quinn 1996 "Self"
blood, stainless steel, perspex and refrigeration equipment 208 x 63 x 63 cm
© Marc Quinn, All rights reserved

Marc Quinn 2001 "Self"
blood, stainless steel, perspex and refrigeration equipment 208 x 63 x 63 cm
© Marc Quinn, All rights reserved

Marc Quinn 2006 "Self"
blood, stainless steel, perspex and refrigeration equipment 208 x 63 x 63 cm
© Marc Quinn, All rights reserved

Marc Quinn 2011 "Self"
blood, stainless steel, perspex and refrigeration equipment 208 x 63 x 63 cm
© Marc Quinn, All rights reserved

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