Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Artist's Self-Portraits - part 2

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




Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson ARA (1889 London – 1946 London) was an English figure and landscape painter, etcher and lithographer, who was one of the most famous war artists of World War I. He is often referred to by his initials C. R. W.

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson 1911 Self-Portrait
oil on wood 31.1 x 23.2 cm
Tate, London



Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (1940 Monroe, Washington, USA) is an American painter, artist and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits.

Chuck Close 1968 "Big Self-Portrait"

Chuck Close 1968 "Big Self-Portrait" showing scale

Chuck Close 1986 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 138.4 x 107.3 cm

Chuck Close 2011 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 91.4 x 76.2 cm



Oscar-Claude Monet (1840 Paris, France – 1926 Giverny, France) was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.


Claude Monet 1884c Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 85 x 54 cm
Musée Marmottan, Paris

Claude Monet 1886 Self-Portrait with a Beret
oil on canvas 56 x 46 cm
Private Collection

Claude Monet 1917 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 69 x 54 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris



Damien Steven Hirst (1965 Bristol, UK) is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the YBAs “Young British Artists,” who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s.


Damien Hirst 2007-08 Self-Portrait Mexico
oil on newspaper laid down on canvas 67 x 61.2 cm
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2017

Damien Hirst 2008 Self-Portrait© Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2017



David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896 Camargo, Mexico – 1974 Cuernavaca, Mexico) was a Mexican social realist painter, better known for his large murals in fresco. Along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, he established "Mexican Muralism."


David Alfaro Siqueiros 1945 Self-Portrait
pyroxiin on masonite 91 x 121 cm
Hospital de la Raza, Mexico City, D.F.

David Alfaro Siqueiros 1946 Self-Portrait
Private Collection

David Alfaro Siqueiros 1961 Self-Portrait
Private Collection


David Garshen Bomberg (1890 Birmingham, UK – 1957 London, UK) was an English painter, and one of the Whitechapel Boys. Bomberg was one of the most audacious of the exceptional generation of artists who studied at the Slade School of Art under Henry Tonks.

David Bomberg 1931 Self-Portrait
charcoal and wash 49.5 x 32.4 cm
© National Portrait Gallery, London

David Bomberg 1932 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 60.6 x 51.5 cm
Tate, London

David Bomberg 1932c Self-Portrait with Pipe
oil on board 60.8 x 50.5 cm
© National Portrait Gallery, London

David Bomberg 1937c Self-Portrait
oil on millboard 60.6 x 50.8 cm
© National Portrait Gallery, London

David Bomberg 1937c Self-Portrait 
oil on millboard 60.6 x 50.8 cm 
© National Portrait Gallery, London



David Hockney, OM, CH, RA (1937 Bradford, UK) is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer.


David Hockney 1954 Self-Portrait
collage on newspaper 41.9 x 29.8 cm

David Hockney 1954 Self-Portrait
lithograph in five colours

David Hockney 2005 Self-Portrait with Charlie
oil on canvas 182.9 x 91.4 cm
© David Hockney, Collection National Portrait Gallery, London

David Hockney 2012 Self-Portrait
drawn on Apple iPad

David Hockney 2012 Self-Portrait
drawn on Apple iPad

David Hockney 2012 Self-Portrait 
drawn on Apple iPad


Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, known as Diego Rivera (1886 Guanajuato, Mexico – 1957 Mexico City) was a prominent Mexican painter. His large frescoes helped establish the Mexican mural movement in Mexican art.

Diego Rivera 1906 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas
Gobierno del estado de Sinaloa, Mexico

Diego Rivera 1907 Self-Portrait with a Broad-Brimmed Hat
Museo Dolores Olmedo

Diego Rivera 1930 Self-Portrait
lithograph 47 x 35.2 cm ( sheet )

Diego Rivera 1941 Self-Portrait
The Firestone Self-Portrait Museum of Art at Smith College, Northampton, MA

Diego Rivera 1949 Self-Portrait; The Ravages of Time
31 x 26 cm
Private Collection

Diego Rivera 1954 Self-Portrait



Edgar Degas (1834 Paris, France – 1917 Paris, France) was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers.

Edgar Degas 1855 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Edgar Degas 1857-58 Self-Portrait with Fedora
oil on paper laid down on canvas 21 x 16.2 cm
J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Edgar Degas 1857c Self-Portrait
oil on paper laid down on canvas



Édouard Manet (1832 Paris, France – 1883 Paris, France) was a French painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.
The painting, “Self Portrait with a Palette”, a rare self-portrait by Manet, was bought in 2017for a record price of £22 million by New York dealer Franck Giraud, who was bidding at the Sothebys sale, in central London.

Édouard Manet 1878-79 Self-Portrait with Palette
oil on canvas 83 x 67 cm
Private Collection
Jean-Édouard Vuillard (1868 Cuiseaux, France – 1940 La Baule-Escoublac, France) was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Nabis.

Édouard Vuillard 1889 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 25.1 x 28.6 cm
Private Collection

Édouard Vuillard 1889 Self-Portrait with Waroquy
oil on canvas 92.7 x 72.4 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Édouard Vuillard Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 20.3 x 25.4 cm
Private Collection

Edvard Munch (1863 Adalsbruk, Norway – Oslo, Norway) was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century.

Edvard Munch 1881-82 Self-Portrait
oil on board 26 x 18.5 cm
Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway

Edvard Munch 1886 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 33 x 24.5 cm
The National Museum, Oslo, Norway

Edvard Munch 1895 Self-Portrait with Cigarette
oil on canvas 110.5 x 85.5 cm
The National Museum, Oslo, Norway

Edvard Munch 1895 Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm
lithograph 45.6 x 31.5 cm
National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC

Edvard Munch 1903 Self-Portrait in Hell
oil on canvas 82 x 66 cm
Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway

Edvard Munch 1905 Self-Portrait with Bottle of Wine
oil on canvas 120.5 x 110.5 cm
Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway

Edvard Munch 1926 Self-Portrait in Front of the House Wall

Edvard Munch 1930-33 Self-Portrait on the Glass Veranda
oil and crayon on panel 46 x 55 cm
Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway

Edvard Munch 1940 Self-Portrait with Cod's Head
oil on canvas 55 x 45.5 cm
Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway



Edward Hopper (1882 Upper Nyack, New York – 1967 Manhattan, New York) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While he was most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolourist and printmaker in etching.

Edward Hopper 1903 Self-Portrait

Edward Hopper 1904 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Edward Hopper 1906 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Edward Hopper 1925-30 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 64.5 x 51.8 cm
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


Egon Schiele (1890 Tulln and de Donau, Austria – 1918 Vienna, Austria) was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century.


Egon Schiele 1911 Self-Portrait
watercolour, gouache and graphite on paper 51.5 x 34.9 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York

Egon Schiele 1911 Self-Portrait with Black Vase an Spread Fingers
oil on panel 34 x 27.5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Egon Schiele 1912 Self-Portrait with Lampion Fruits
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria



Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, also known as Madame Lebrun, (1755 Paris, France – 1842 Paros, France) was a prominent French painter. Her artistic style is generally considered part of the aftermath of Rococo, while she often adopted a neoclassical style.

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun after 1782 Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat
oil on canvas 97.8 x 70.5 cm
The National Gallery, London

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun 1790 Self-Portrait ( detail )
oil on canvas 100 x 81 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy