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This self portrait, although depicting a man in middle-age, feels like the self portrait of a young man – not only physically but psychologically too. It seems to announce an artist now worthy of real attention. The choice of a dark blue artist’s smock, the look at once curiously direct yet withdrawn from behind metal-rimmed spectacles (barely but fluently sketched in), the full but expressionless lips – all proclaim seriousness of intent, cool professionalism.
He wrote to Borchard: ‘My only self portrait is dated 1957. It was done as a loosening-up exercise but it is a good likeness and decent enough to publish without disgrace’.
Marshall studied at Westminster College of Art and Chelsea School of Art. He acted as Secretary-General of UNESCO’s International Association of Art in Paris. Roy Spencer wrote: ‘like many of us, he is still reeling from last years’s Picasso exhibition ... his thinking loyalty lies with the Piero-Poussin-Cézanne-Mondrian succession.’
oil & sand on asbestos
H 51.5 x W 41 cm
acquired by Ruth Borchard as part of the original collection