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.
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.