Self Portrait (Paul Cézanne, c.1880)

Artwork Information

ArtistPaul Cezanne
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions60.3 x 46.9 cm (23 3/4 x 18 1/2 in.)
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationOskar Reinhart Foundation, Winterthur, Switzerland
Location Created France
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About Self-Portrait

Paul Cézanne, Self Portrait, c. 1880, oil on canvas, 34.7 × 27 cm, The National Gallery, London

Paul Cézanne painted this Self Portrait in oil on canvas around 1880. This painting is in the collection of The National Gallery in London.

What is depicted in Self Portrait     

This three-quarter view portrait represents the painter in his early forties. 

Self Portrait (1880) – Analysis       

Cézanne was committed to the long process of working on the painting. That work was based on the principles of unifying what he sees and what he feels and thinks about the model he is painting and the environment that surrounds him. In portraits, he begins to apply the technique he developed in landscape painting. The technique of the so-called constructive brushstrokes. This technique involves arranging patches of paint of similar size in parallel or diagonal directions, treating the figure and face of the portrayed person and the objects in his environment in the same way.    

Paul Cézanne, Self Portrait (detail), c. 1880, oil on canvas, 34.7 × 27 cm, The National Gallery, London

Related Artworks      

At the same time and in a similar palette, Paul Cézanne worked on another Self-Portrait (1878-1880). This portrait is now in The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. 

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