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  • Self-Portrait

    Artist:
    Decamps, Alexandre-Gabriel. 1803-1860
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    32,5x24,5 cm

Decamps, Alexandre-Gabriel. 1803-1860

Self-Portrait

France, Early 1830s

Decamps has depicted himself standing at the easel, with a palette and brush in his hand. The careful, suspicious gaze of the artist seems to express dissatisfaction with himself, foreshadowing that deep inner conflict which was to lead him towards the end of his life to a mental crisis, despite his great popularity, numerous commissions and material well-being. Decamps dreamed of a career of a historical painter, but his hopes did not come true. He belonged to the group of the so-called Lesser Romantic artists who were fond of Oriental subjects. In the Hermitage self-portrait he is depicted in an Oriental robe, wearing a fez on his head. But unlike many Lesser Romantic artists, Decamps selected a subject as just a means to solve purely painterly problems. Confirmation of this is to be found in the Hermitage work with its dynamic, impulsive strokes of paint and complex light-and-shade gradations.

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Self-Portrait

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oil

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32,5x24,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1922; transferred from the Kushelevskaya Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-3848

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