Self-Portrait

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1865/66

Artist:

Frédéric Bazille
French, 1841-1870

About this artwork

Frédéric Bazille was in his mid-20s when he executed this startlingly direct self-portrait. Depicted against a dark background with only his palette and brushes to indicate his profession, he looks at the viewer as if caught unawares. The unseen easel and canvas must be located immediately in front of the artist and to our left.

During his brief career, which ended when he was killed in the line of duty during the Franco-Prussian War, Frédéric Bazille produced about 70 paintings, 4 of them self-portraits. He created this work while sharing an apartment-studio with Claude Monet and experimenting with new painting techniques that would be central to the Impressionist movement. It was both a practice piece (in which Bazille observed and painted his reversed image as seen in a mirror) and, given his recent decision to abandon a medical career in favor of art, a professional manifesto.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 225

Artist

Frédéric Bazille

Title

Self-Portrait

Origin

France

Date

1865–1866

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

108.9 × 71.1 cm (42 7/8 × 28 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Woods in memory of Mrs. Edward Harris Brewer

Reference Number

1962.336

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