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What is a self-portrait anyway?

Recently at the Drawing Room in London, the elegant exhibition – CLOSE: Drawn Portraits – brought together examples of artists’ portraits and self-portraits from over two hundred years of artistic production. Encompassing a period from Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres to Claudette Johnson, the exhibition revealed the historical and stylistic differences across this time, but perhaps more surprisingly, it emphasised much more the artworks’ shared characteristics and the artists’ shared endeavours. Above all, what connected the artworks in this exhibition was twofold: on the one hand, their subject matter – all of them portrayals of people; and on the other, their media – the use of graphic arts to encapsulate, interrogate, or express their human subjects.

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Instagram @the.artists.at.work 24.03

Emile Friant ‚Portrait de Jacques Majorelle‘ 1911 going around the dealers in Paris before the Salon du Dessin opens on Tuesday I have come across this beautiful drawing @galeriedebayser .Emile Friant draws his friend and fellow artist from Nancy and dedicates the work to him. Both artists are in Paris at this point a few years before Majorelle departs to Marocco where he creates his famous blue house and lavish garden. #paris #salondudessin #salondudessin2019 #debayser #emilefriant #jacquesmajorelle #nancy #artnoveau #artists #artistfriends #drawing #painter #palette #marocco #marakesh #majorelleblue #majorellegarden #orientalist

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 22.03

Joaquín Sorolla ‘Self Portrait ‘ 1904 you can admire #Sorolla ‘s #selfportrait @nationalgallery in the #exhibition dedicated to the #artist ‘Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light’ . It is the first exhibition on the #spanish #impressionist #painter in the UK. This #painting shows him in his #studio at the height of his #fame standing in front of a blank #canvas primed in red looking out at the #observer.
#inthestudio #joaquinsorolla #masteroflight #nationalgallerylondon #museosorolla #spain

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 19.03

Michael-Martin Drolling ‘Painter in his Atelier’ c. 1815 this charming painting is to be found @tefaf_art_fair in #Maastricht on the stand of #GalerieArnoldiLivie. The #french #artist was trained by his father #MartinDrolling and this #genre #painting owes much to him. In 1810 #MichaelMartinDrolling won the #PrixdeRome and spent five years in #Rome were this #picture was probably painted. It’s a #fellowartist he is depicting #drawing in his #sunfilled #studio distracted by his #dog. #artiststudio #atelier #artistatwork #italianlight #youngartist

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 16.03

Louis-Leopold Boilly ‚Portrait of a Young Woman drawing herself‘ and Deanna Petherbridge ‚Selfportrait-Hole in the Head‘ 2000/01 in our latest blog – link in bio- Dr Hannah Williams discusses both #drawings in the #context of #portraits versus #selfportraits. It seems that both are easy to tell apart but on closer #inspection it is quite a complex and fascinating issue. While they seem similar to the viewer they are two very different #experiences for the #artist. #Boilly is #portraying a young #womanartist #drawing herself which implies social interaction with the sitter while #deannapetherbridge #drawing her #selfportrait is a solitary act of #Introspektion.

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 11.03

Louis-Leopold Boilly ‘The Meeting of Artists in Isabey’s Studio’ 1798 this #blackchalk #drawing is a #study for the #painting in the previous post with #Boilly still working out the final #composition. Heads and faces are roughly sketched in while the #artist gives greater attention to gestures. The drawing is on loan from #Ramsburymanor along with an #exquisite group of paintings by #louisleopoldboilly also from the #collection of the late #HarryHyams. These works have not been shown in #public and it is treat to see them @nationalgallery in their #exhibition ‘Boilly: Scenes from Parisian Life’ . #scenesfromparisianlife #studiolife #artistfriends #nationalgallery #worksonpaper

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 08.03

Louis-Leopold Boilly ‚The Meeting of Artists in Isabey‘s Studio‘ 1798 details from #boilly ‘s #painting of the #whoiswho of the #parisian #artworld #portraying 31 #artists #sculptors #engravers #performers and #menofletters. The first image shows the #artist #isabey leaning over the shoulder of the #historypainter #FrancoisGerard seated at the #easel. The next has a #selfportrait of #Boilly at the top with his arm around the shoulder of the man with a hat.The man standing prominently in the foreground is #CarleVernet. This ambitious picture which brought him instant #fame is on loan from the #louvre to the @nationalgallery where you can see it in a small and exquisite #exhibition ‚Boilly: Scenes from Parisian Life‘. #nationalgallery #louisleopoldboilly #france #frenchdirectoire #studiolife #artistfriends

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 05.03

John Singer Sargent ‚The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati,Italy‘ 1907 the #painter #janedeglehn is shown #sketching beside the great fountain of the Villa Torlonia in #Frascati outside #ROME watched by her husband Wilfried. The #artistcouple travelled with #johnsingersargent who immortalises them in this sunlit #painting now @artinstitutechi . Jane came from an #americanirish family and her sisters were also #successful #womanartists #americanartist #expatriate #travellingartists #enpleinair #artistfriends #womanartist #italy

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 03.03

Giovanni Boldini ‚Portrait of John Singer Sargent‘ 1890 this lively #oilsketch is a vivid testament to the friendship of #boldini and #sargent while they were both leading #portraitists in #findesiecle #Paris. The #portrait reveals #giovanniboldini ’s admiration of his younger friend and shows #johnsingersargent as a #master of his profession standing confidently with a long #paintbrush ,the tool of his trade, tucked horizontally behind his back. The work was sold last week at #auction for £ 371.250,- @christiesinc #belleepoque #beaumonde #oilonpanel #bravuratechnique #portrait #friendshipportrait #artistfriends #nervousenergy

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 28.02

Thank you @blaumagazin and Cornelius Tittel for the wonderful article by Hans-Joachim Müller, Photo @WolfgangStahr -see link in Bio #thankyou #danke #artikel #article #blaumagazin #zeitung ##magazine #WeltamSonntag #corneliustittel #hansjoachimmüller #sammlung #artistsatwork #collection #collector #sammler #sammlerin #künstlerbeiderarbeit

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 25.02

the #palettes of #ClaudeMonet #VincentvanGogh and #PabloPicasso photographed by #MathiasSchaller for his #publication #TheMasterpiece #DasMeisterstück documenting surviving #artistpalettes. They give an intriguing insight into the #artists work and #personalities and makes for a good guessing game attributing a #palette to its owner. #artistpalette #tavolozza #tavolozza🎨 #photography

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 21.02

Markus Lüpertz ‚Palette (Fragonard) Grau‘ 2018 this #painting is in the beautiful #exhibition ‚Dans l‘Atelier‘ @michaelwernergallery previously on view at the #museedelavieromantique in #paris . The #show is a #tribute to #Fragonard the latest in a series of #luepertz works were he reinterprets the work of masters like #corot and #poussin. The #artistspalette is a #reference to the #french #artist #fragonard as well as a reoccurring motive in #MarkusLüpertz work along with the #helmet and the #antlers. #deutscher #maler #malerfürst #neoexpressionist #MichaelWernerGallery

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 16.02

this morning I was delighted to see Christian Dior‘s ‚Paint Palette Hat‘ designed in 1950 in the #beautiful #Exhibition currently @vamuseum #vamuseum #christiandior #fashion #inspiredbyart #hat #turningheads #1950s #fashion #couture #parisfashion #designer #designerofdreams #diordesignerofdreams #dior

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 13.02

Joseph-Benoît Suvée ‚The Invention of Drawing‘ 1791 #detail of another example with the theme #theinventionofdrawing which became very #popular in the late 18thcentury. The #belgian #painter born in #Bruges trained and worked in #France adopting #neoclassicism. The #artist captures the #moment of #farewell of the two #lovers with #dibutade #tracing the #outline of his #shadow to remind her of his #likeness before he departs on a long #journey. The #painting is in Bruges at the #groenigenmuseum and the #drawing @gettymuseum

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 10.02

Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine ‚The Invention of Drawing‘ 1773 the #etching by 18thcentury #french #artist #norblin illustrates the #ancient #myth of the #corinthian #maiden #dibutade tracing the shadow of her #lover before he departs on a long journey. Norblin sets the #classical scene popular in the late 18th century in #Rembrandt #style and #costume as he was a great admirer of the #Dutch artist. #inventionofdrawing #printmaker #print #lovers #departure

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 07.02

Anthony Gormley ‚The Origin of Drawing VIII‘ 2008 a #contemporary #drawing by #antonygormley illustrating the origin of drawing which according to the #ancient #roman #writer #Pliny began with the #outlining of a #shadow. It is not easy to add contemporary works to the collection but this one fits perfectly with many earlier depictions of the theme in the #katrinbellingercollection bought @christiesinc originally from @thaddaeusropac #drawn in #carbon and #casein

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 02.02

Thomas Gainsborough ‘Self Portrait in a Wooded Landscape’ 1754-1758 #gainsgorough cut out the #drawing of his figure and pasted it carefully into a #landscape invoking his ideal of free #creativity. Driven by the high demand for his #portraitpainting he had little time to follow his #passion of #landscapepainting. You have only until tomorrow to see the #drawing in the #exhibition ‘Gainsborough’s Family Album’ @nationalportraitgallery before it goes back into a box @britishmuseum #britishmuseum #printsanddrawings #nationalportraitgallery #gainsboroughsfamilyalbum #silouette #artistatwork #artistdrawing #portefolio #portecrayon #18thcentury #britishart

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 29.01

Thomas Gainsborough ‚Mary and Margaret, the Artist‘s daughters, at their Drawing‘ 1763-64 #gainsborough set out to educate his #daughters as #artists and shows Mary holding a #portecrayon and a #portfolio of #drawings while Margaret gazes at a reduced #plastercast of the #Farnese #Flora. This beautiful #painting as well many others of his #daughters and #family are in the wonderful #exhibition ‚Gainsborough‘s Family Album‘ @nationalportraitgallery until Sunday. #nationalportraitgallery #GainsboroughsFamilyAlbum #sisters #siblings #familyportraits #18thcentury #britishart

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 25.01

Edward Burne-Jones ‚The unwelcome Critic‘ 1880‘s another #caricature by #BurneJones from a group of the so called #fatlady #drawings @britishmuseum where most of his caricatures are kept. Here a lady of considerable weight not only seems to crush the #artist physically but also offers him unwelcome advice peering through a pair of #lorgnette #glasses. #britishmuseum #printsanddrawings #hiddenhumorist #theartistatwork #theartistdisturbed

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 22.01

Edward Burne-Jones ‚The Artist working in his Studio‘ 1870s I was delighted to see #BurneJones #caricatures in the #exhibition on the #artist @tate #tatebritain. They are a wonderful contrast to his #romantic #dreamlike often #melancholy work. In these #drawings he reveals a lighter side with a great #senseofhumour often at his own expense. #artistatwork #studiolife #studioclutter #creativeclutter #caricature #worksonpaper #preraphaelite #painter

Instagram @the.artists.at.work 18.01

Edward Burne-Jones ‚Portrait of his wife Georgina‘ 1883 #BurneJones #paints his wife of 23 years with their two children Margaret and Philip -an aspiring #painter- in the background. The #painting is in the #exhibition on the artist @tate #tatebritain amongst many other beautiful #portraits by the great #preraphaelite #artist.