Monday 15 January 2018

Artist's Self-Portraits - part 1

I thought it would be interesting to do 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 1 of an 8-part series on Artist’s Self Portraits:

Albrecht Dürer (1471 Nuremberg, Germany – 1528 Nuremberg, Germany) was a painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance. Born in Nuremberg, Dürer established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties due to his high-quality woodcut prints.

Albrecht Dürer 1484 Self-Portrait at the Age of Thirteen
silver-point on paper 27.5 x 19.6 cm
Albertina, Vienna

Albrecht Dürer 1491-92c Self-Portrait
pen and indian ink on paper 27.6 x 20.2 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Albrecht Dürer 1493 Self-Portrait
oil on parchment laid down on canvas 56 x 44 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Albrecht Dürer 1498 Self-Portrait at 26
oil on panel 52 x 41 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Albrecht Dürer 1500 Self-Portrait
oil on wood panel 66.3 x 49 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Allan Gwynne-Jones CBE DSO RA (1892, UK – 1982, UK) was an English painter. Gwynne-Jones was born in Richmond, Surrey. He was educated at Bedales School and then qualified as a solicitor, but never practised.

Allan Gwynne-Jones 1926c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 43.2 x 33 cm
Tate, London
© The estate of Allan Gwynne-Jones. All Rights Reserved 2017

Alphonse Mucha (1860 Ivanice, Czechoslovakia – 1839 Prague, Czexh Republic) was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs.

Alphonse Mucha 1899 Self-Portrait
oil on board 32 x 21 cm

Alphonse Mucha 1907 Self-Portrait
44 x 28.5 cm
Private Collection

Alphonse Mucha 1907 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 28.5  x 44 cm

Arthur Ambrose McEvoy ( 1878 – 1927 ) was an English artist. His early works are landscapes and interiors with figures, in a style influenced by James McNeill Whistler. Later he gained success as a portrait painter, mainly of women and often in watercolour.

Ambrose McEvoy 1900 Self-Portrait
graphite and ink on paper 18.4 x 12.7 cm
Tate, London

Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (Livorno, Italy – 1920 Paris, France) was an Italian Jewish painter and sculptor who worked mainly in France. He is known for portraits and nudes in a modern style characterised by elongation of faces and figures.

Amedio Modigliani 1919 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 100 x 64.5 cm
Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Andy Warhol (1928 Pittsburgh, PA – 1987 New York) was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. 

Andy Warhol 1964 Self-Portrait
acrylic, silver paint and silkscreen on linen 50.8 x 40.6 cm
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. - DACS-Artimage 2017

Andy Warhol 1967 Self-Portrait
synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen on canvas 183.2 x 183.2 cm
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. - DACS-Artimage 2017

Andy Warhol 1967 Self-Portrait 
synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen on canvas 183.2 x 183.2 cm 
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. - DACS-Artimage 2017

Andy Warhol 1978 Self-Portrait
acrylic paint and silkscreen on canvas 40.8 x 33.3 cm
© 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

Andy Warhol 1986 Self-Portrait
acrylic paint and screenprint on canvas 203.2 x 203.2 cm
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / DACS/Artimage 2017

Anna Ancher (1859 Skagen, Denmark – 1935 Skagen, Denmark) was a Danish artist associated with the Skagen Painters, an artists' colony on the northern point of Jutland, Denmark. She is considered to be one of Denmark's greatest visual artists.

Anna Ancher 1877-78 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 18.8 x 11.6 cm
Helga Anchers Fond, Skagen, Denmark

Anthony Green RA (1939 UK) is an English realist painter and printmaker best known for his paintings of his own middle-class domestic life.

Anthony Green 1967 Self-Portrait in Father's Chair
pencil 84.2 x 86.5 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London
© Anthony Green

Anthony Green R.A. Self-Portrait
oil on masonite

Anthony Green R.A. The Sunflower Portrait
oil on canvas 76.2 x 76.2 cm

Anthony Green 2015c
oil on board 29.8 x 33 cm

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599 Antwerp, Belgium – 1641 London) was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, after enjoying great success in Italy and Flanders.

Anthony van Dyck 1613c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 43 x 32.5 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Vienna

Anthony van Dyck 1620-21c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 119 x 87.9 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Anthony van Dyck 1622-23 Self Portrait
oil on canvas 116.5 x 93.5 cm
The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

Anthony van Dyck 1640c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 56 x 46 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London

Anthony van Dyck after 1633 Self-Portrait

Antoni Tàpies i Puig, 1st Marquess of Tàpies (1923 Barcelona, Spain – 2012 Barcelona, Spain) was a Spanish painter, sculptor and art theorist, who became one of the most famous European artists of his generation.

Antoni Tapies 1946 Self-Portrait

Antoni Tapies 1947 Self-Portrait
ink on paper 48 x 34 cm
Mainz State Museum, Germany

Antoni Tapies Self-Portrait

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872 Brighton, UK – 1898 Menton, France) was an English illustrator and author. His drawings in black ink, influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic.

Aubrey Beardsley 1892 Self-Portrait
pen and wash 25 x 9.5 cm

Aubrey Beardsley 1896 Self-Portrait in the Form of a Bust

August Macke (1887 Meschede, Germany – 1914 Champagne, France) was a German Expressionist painter. He was one of the leading members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter.

Auguste Macke 1906 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 35.4 x 54.2 cm

Auguste Macke 1910 Self-Portrait with Hat
oil on wood 41 x 32.5 cm
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany

Augustus Edwin John OM RA (1878 Tenby, Wales – 1961 Fordingbridge, England) was a Welsh painter, draughtsman, and etcher. For a short time around 1910, he was an important exponent of Post-Impressionism in the United Kingdom. He was the brother of the painter Gwen John.

Augustus John 1901c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 49.5 x 39.4 cm

Augustus John 1920 Self-Portrait
etching and drypoint 17.5 x 12.5 cm

Augustus John 1940 Self-Portrait

Bernard Buffet (1928 Paris, France – 1999 Tourtour, France) was a French painter of Expressionism and a member of the anti-abstract art group L'homme Témoin.

Bernard Buffet 1953 Self Portrait
oil on canvas 54 x 27 cm
© ADAGP, Paris 2017

Bernard Buffet 1954 Portrait of the Artist
oil on canvas 146.4 x 114 cm
Tate, London
© ADAGP, Paris 2017

Bernard Buffet 1956 Self-Portrait on Black Background
oil on canvas 129.3 x 96.8 cm
Collection Pierre Bergé
© Dominique Cohas © ADAGP, Paris 2017

Bernard Buffet 1981 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 116 x 89 cm
© ADAGP, Paris 2017

Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot (1841 Bourges, France – 1895 Paris, France) was a painter and a member of the circle of painters in Paris who became known as the Impressionists.

Berthe Morisot 1885 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 61 x 50 cm
Musée Marmotton Monet, Paris

Berthe Morisot 1885c Self-Portrait
pastel with stumping on grey laid paper 48 x 38 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Berthe Morisot 1887 Self-Portrait with Julie ( study )
oil on canvas

Beryl Cook, OBE (1926 Egham, Uk – 2008 Plymouth, UK) was an English artist best known for her original and instantly recognisable naïve paintings.

Beryl Cook Self-Portrait

Camille Pissarro (1830 US Virgin Islands – 1903 Paris, France) was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas. His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

Camille Pissarro 1852-54c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 31 x 28.5 cm
National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen

Camille Pissarro 1873 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Camille Pissarro 1898c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 53 x 30.5 cm
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Camille Pissarro 1903 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 41 x 33.3 cm
Tate, London

Carel Victor Morlais Weight, CH, CBE, RA (1908 London – 1997 London) was an English realist painter.

Carel Weight 1930c Self-Portrait
oil on board 45.5 x 35 cm

Carel Weight 1934 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 76.8 x 51 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Charley Toorop (1891 Katwijk, Netherlands – 1955 Bergen, Netherlands) was a Dutch painter and lithographer. Her full name was Annie Caroline Pontifex Fernhout-Toorop.

Charley Toorop 1925 Self-Portrait against a Wall

Charley Toorop 1938 Self-Portrait with Hat and Veil
oil on canvas

Charley Toorop 1940 Self-Portrait

Charley Toorop 1955 Self-Portrait

Christian Schad (1894 Miesbach, Germany – 1982 Suttgart, Germany) was a German painter associated with Dada and the New Objectivity movement. Considered as a group, Schad's portraits form an extraordinary record of life in Vienna and Berlin in the years following World War I.

Christian Schad 1927 Self-Portrait
oil on wood 76 x 62 cm
Tate, London
© Christian Schad Stiftung Aschaffenburg/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2017

Christian Schad Self-Portrait© Christian Schad Stiftung Aschaffenburg/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2017

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