Monday, 29 January 2018

Artist's Self-Portraits - part 7

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




Paul Klee (Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland – 1940 Muralto, Switzerland) was a German artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism.

Paul Klee 1909 Self-Portrait

Paul Klee 1911 Self-Portrait

Paul Klee 1919 Absorption ( Self-Portrait )



Dame Paula Rego, DBE, (1935 Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese visual artist who is particularly known for her paintings and prints based on storybooks.

Paula Rego 2015 Self-Portrait Triptych
pastel on paper 75.3 x 72.2 cm
Marlborough Madrid & Barcelona, Spain

Paula Rego Self-Portrait in Red
Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal



Paule Vézelay (1892 Bristol, UK – 1984 London) was a British painter. She was born Marjorie Watson-Williams in Bristol, a daughter of the pioneering ENT surgeon, Patrick Watson-Williams.

Paule Vézelay ( Self-Portrait ) 1927-29c
oil on canvas 65.1 x 54.3 cm
© National Portrait Gallery, London



Sir Peter Thomas Blake, CBE, RDI, RA (1932 Dartford, Kent, UK) is an English pop artist, best known for co-creating the sleeve design for the Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Peter Blake 1952-53c Self-Portrait in RAF Jacket
Private Collection
© Peter Blake 2018 All rights reserved, DACS

Peter Blake 1961 Self-Portrait with Badges
oil on board 174.3 x 121.9 cm
Tate, London
© Peter Blake 2018 All rights reserved, DACS



Sir Peter Lely (1618 Soest, Germany – 1680 London) was a painter of Dutch origin, whose career was nearly all spent in England, where he became the dominant portrait painter to the court.

Peter Lely 1684c Self-Portrait
mezzotint 33.9 x 25.1 cm
de Young / Legion of Honour Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

Peter Lely Self-Portrait
black and coloured chalks heightened with white 38.6 x 31.1 cm


Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577 Siegen, Germany – 1640 Antwerp, Belgium) was a Flemish artist. He is considered the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens' highly charged compositions reference erudite aspects of classical and Christian history.

Peter Paul Rubens 1602-04 Self-Portrait in a Circle of Friends from Mantua
oil on canvas 77.5 x 161 cm
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

Peter Paul Rubens 1609-10 Self-Portrait with first wife Isabella Brant
oil on canvas 174 x 143 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Peter Paul Rubens 1620c Self-Portrait
oil on panel 41 x 34 cm

Peter Paul Rubens 1628-30 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 64.2 x 48 cm
Rubenshuis, Antwerp

Peter Paul Rubens 1633-40 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 110 x 85.5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria



Pierre Bonnard (1867 Fontenay-aux-Roses, France – 1947 Le Cannet, France) was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis.

Pierre Bonnard 1889c Self-Portrait
tempera on canvas 21.5 x 15.8 cm
Private Collection

Pierre Bonnard 1904c Self Portrait
oil on canvas
Private Collection

Pierre Bonnard 1938-40c Self-Portrait in Dressing Room Mirror
oil on canvas 76.2 x 61 cm
Art Gallery New South Wales, Australia

Pierre Bonnard 1945 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 56 x 46 cm
Private Collection



Pierre-Auguste Renoir, commonly known as Auguste Renoir, (1841Limoges, France – 1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer, France) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1875c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas
Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA

Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1876 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 73.3 x 57.3 cm
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1899 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas
Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA

Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1910 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 45.7 x 38.1 cm
Private Collection

Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1910 Self-Portrait with a White Hat
oil on canvas
Private Collection



Pieter Cornelis "Piet" Mondriaan, after 1906 Mondrian, (1872 Amersfoort, Netherlands – 1944 New York) was a Dutch painter and theoretician who is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

Piet Mondrian 1900 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 39.7 x 50.4 cm
Philips Collection, Washington, DC

Piet Mondrian 1918 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 88 x 71 cm
Gemeentemuseum den Haag, Hague, Netherlands

Piet Mondrian 1942 Self-Portrait
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York



Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525 Son en Breugel, Netherlands – 1569 Brussels, Belgium) was the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker from Brabant, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1565 The Painter and The Connoisseur ( thought to be a self-portrait )
pen and ink on paper 25 x 21.6 cm
Albertina, Vienna



Ronald Brooks Kitaj RA (1932 Chagn Falls, Ohio – 2007 Los Angeles, CA) was an American artist with Jewish roots who spent much of his life in England.


R.B. Kitaj 1993-94 Self-Portrait: Hockney Pillow
oil on canvas 101.6 x 50.8 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London
© estate of R.B. Kitaj / National Portrait Gallery, London
R B Kitaj 2007 Self-Portrait
oil paint and charcoal on canvas 30.8 x 30.7 cm
Tate, London
© The estate of R. B. Kitaj



Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, known as Raphael, (1483 Urbino, Italy – 1520 Rome, Italy) was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur.

Raphael 1505-06 Self-Portrait

Raphael 1506 Self-Portrait ( aged about 23 )
oil on panel 45 x 33 cm
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Raphael 1519 Self-Portrait with a Friend
oil on canvas 99 x 83 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris



Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 Leiden, Netherlands – 1669 Amsterdam, Netherlands) was a Dutch draughtsman, painter, and printmaker. An innovative and prolific master in three media, he is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art and the most important in Dutch art history.

Rembrandt 1628 Self-Portrait
oil on panel 22.6 x 18.7 cm
 Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt 1628-30c Self-Portrait
oil on panel 38.2 x 31 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

Rembrandt 1628c Self-Portrait - Rembrandt Laughing
 oil on copper 22.2 x 17.1 cm
The Getty Centre, Los Angeles CA

Rembrandt 1630 Self-Portrait
15.5 x 12 cm
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

Rembrandt 1630-35 Self-Portrait
oil on wood 22 x 17 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Rembrandt 1634 Self-portrait in a Velvet Beret
oil on oak panel 58.3 x 47.4 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Rembrandt 1635c Rembrandt and Saskia in the parable of the Prodigal Son
oil on canvas 161 x 131 cm
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany

Rembrandt 1636-38c Self-Portrait
oil on panel 63.2 x 50.5 cm
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena CA

Rembrandt 1655c Self-Portrait with Beret
oil on panel 48 x 40.6 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Rembrandt 1659c Self-Portrait ( attributed to )
oil on canvas 68 x 56.5 cm
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart

Rembrandt 1665-69 Self-Portrait with Two Circles
oil on canvas 114.3 x 94 cm
Kenwood House, London

Rembrandt 1669 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 65.4 x 60.2 cm
The Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands



René François Ghislain Magritte (1898 Lessines, Belgium – 1967 Schaerbeek, Belgium) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for creating a number of witty and thought-provoking images.

René Magritte 1923 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas

René Magritte 1936 Clairvoyance ( Self-Portrait)
oil on canvas 54.5 x 65.5 cm
 Private Collection

René Magritte 1952 The Magician ( Self-Portrait )
oil on canvas 34 x 45 cm
Private Collection



Reginald John "Rex" Whistler (1905 London – 1944 Caen, France) was a British artist, designer and illustrator.

Rex Whistler 1924 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas

Rex Whistler 1933c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 40.6 x 36.8 cm
Tate, London

Rex Whistler 1934 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 37 x 26 cm

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