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Self Portrait

© the estate of Ben Levene. All rights reserved. DACS 2021. Photo credit: Ruth Borchard Collection

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Levene’s poignant expression in his self portrait is beautifully wrought. The slightly down-turned eyes denote introspection, a visionary look. The mature evocation of a subtle state of mind is rare in a young artist. His long face inclines almost imperceptibly downwards, adding to the feeling of sadness. The face’s sandy pallor stands out against the reddish hair and the deep background black (itself suffused with an earlier layer of red).

The Ruth Borchard Collection




oil on board


H 76.5 x W 59 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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