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Self Portrait

© The Ruth Borchard Collection. Photo credit: Ruth Borchard Collection

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Cooke has made some of the most fiercely original and moving self portraits in modern British art. In her late twenties, she painted this 1955 self portrait. A disquietingly intense female figure is seen against a greyish-yellowish background. The work has obsessive notes of shocking freshness within a cool, abstract composition. The dark top, the long, brown hair, the huge, staring eyes, bold red cheeks and reddened nose, are all most urgently seen and felt.


Self Portrait




oil on canvas


H 41 x W 36 cm

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acquired by Ruth Borchard as part of the original collection

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The Ruth Borchard Collection

Greater London England

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