Portrait of a Young Man

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Procktor’s earlier thickly impasto pictures show a strong Bombergian influence. Proctor’s mature paintings are vibrant and reticent, at once allying the decorative and figurative with sensuous wit and a quite original gracefulness. He wrote to Borchard: ‘...a self portrait, but painted from imagination and based on a portrait of a young man by Raphael... It is totally unlike other self portraits I have done’. The Raphael painting that Procktor alludes to, 'Portrait of a Young Man' (c.1504), displays classical calm and pervasive golden tonality. Procktor’s figure’s theatricality owes something to the timeless if indeterminate nature of his costume, and perhaps also to facial make-up. As Derek Jarman noted: ‘Patrick wore quite simple shirts, green trousers, and sometimes a little eye-shadow.


Portrait of a Young Man




oil on board


H 76.5 x W 61 cm

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acquired by Ruth Borchard as part of the original collection

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