Leslie Hurry Self-Portrait 1944

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Artwork details

Artist
Leslie Hurry 1909–1978
Title
Self-Portrait
Date 1944
Medium Oil paint, ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 910 x 706 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Hurry Armour Trust 1991
Reference
T05849
Not on display

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In this self-portrait Hurry presents himself as a romantic Hamlet-like figure in a fictitious world. The two entwined naked figures behind him contrast with the more mundane objects in the foreground, including a book and bowl of fruit.

In 1942 Hurry had received great critical acclaim for his designs for the sets and costumes for Robert Helpmann’s ballet Hamlet, performed at Sadler’s Wells. This was the start of a distinguished association with the theatre, clearly reflected in this painting.

September 2004