Jean Cooke (Jean Bratby) Self-Portrait 1958

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Self-Portrait
Date 1958
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1149 x 838 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1959
Reference
T00278
Not on display

Display caption

Jean Cooke trained at the Central School of Art, Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art. From the mid-1960s she became a lecturer at the Royal College and was elected an RA in 1972. The self-portrait has been a recurring theme throughout her career. She has written: ‘Sometimes I paint self-portraits to show off, sometimes to hide away in solitude, sometimes to say ‘Here I am’, sometimes to say ‘I want to be alone’. But always there is a searching for the unknown, the previously unperceived.’

September 2004

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