Henry Fuseli Self-Portrait as a Faun. Verso: Head of a Woman Three-Quarters to Left date not known

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Artwork details

Artist
Henry Fuseli 1741–1825
Title
Self-Portrait as a Faun. Verso: Head of a Woman Three-Quarters to Left
Date Date not known
Medium Graphite and chalk on paper. Verso: graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 322 x 427 mm
frame: 552 x 435 x 25 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08879
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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Fuseli made this portrait of himself as
a sculpted faun when he was in Italy during the 1770s. By this time Fuseli already had a reputation for studied eccentricity. As a friend in Rome noted:

 

He is everything in extremes - always
an original; His look is lightning, his
word a thunderstorm; his jest is death,
his revenge, hell. He cannot draw a
single mean breath. He never draws portraits, his features are all true,
yet at the same time caricature...

August 2004