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Self Portrait

© estate of Patrick Hayman. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Ruth Borchard Collection

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This 1965 self portrait has a kind of stark, marvellous beauty to it. Taking the form of a border-cropped close-up of the artist’s face, the self portrait is a small, intimate work. The brilliancy of the artist’s complexion contrasts with the black background. Bluish-black paint evokes his wavy dark hair and thick moustache and beard. Dark outlines delineate the sad, mouth, the thick spectacles above the wistful eyes, the strongly-defined nose. The use of a dark armature against luminous colour is reminiscent of various kinds of art Hayman admired – notably Byzantine icons, medieval stained glass, and Rouault’s paintings.

The Ruth Borchard Collection




oil on board


H 22.5 x W 15 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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