Henry Fuseli
Self-Portrait as a Faun. Verso: Head of a Woman Three-Quarters to Left None

Artwork details

Artist
Henry Fuseli 1741–1825
Title
Self-Portrait as a Faun. Verso: Head of a Woman Three-Quarters to Left
Date None
Medium Graphite and chalk on paper. Verso: graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 322 x 427 mm
frame: 552 x 435 x 25 mm
Collection
No information available
Reference
T08879
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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