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Spencer, Stanley - 1914 Self Portrait



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Self-portrait (1914) was painted in Wisteria Cottage, a decaying Georgian house Spencer rented, from the local coalman in Cookham, for use as a studio. Painted with a mirror, the painting is bold and austere with a direct and penetrating gaze, softened by the deep shadow on the right hand side – the head fills the picture space and is painted one and a half times life size.  Art collector Edward Marsh later bought Self-portrait and considered it to be "masterly ...glowing with genius."

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Spencer, Stanley


Observation contributed by: Francis Keeble