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Self Portrait

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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Paul Cézanne was about 40 years old when he painted this self portrait in Paris around 1880–1. He was now middle-aged with a family to support, and the intensity of his earlier self portraits has here given way to a more distant and reflective presence. Although relatively small, the portrait has a monumentality and authority to it. This was a significant period in the artist’s life, as he had stopped exhibiting with the Impressionist group after 1879 and was spending more time in the south of France, away from the capital.

The National Gallery, London



Self Portrait


about 1880-1


Oil on canvas


H 34.7 x W 27 cm

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Bought by the Trustees of the Courtauld Fund, 1925

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