William Strang

Self-Portrait

1919

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1168 x 1118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1921
Reference
N03629

Display caption

When Strang exhibited this self-portrait at the Royal Academy in 1919, he gave it the simple title ‘A Painter’, suggesting that he was striving for an effect of timelessness and universality.

Strang had been one of the innovators of the modern style in Britain, drawing on Impressionism and Symbolism, but the direct gaze and symmetry of this picture owes an obvious debt to the self-portraits of Rembrandt. Here, in his old age, Strang refers to a traditional model of the artist as a workman secluded in his studio.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N03629 SELF-PORTRAIT 1919

Inscr. ‘W. Strang. 1919’ b.l.
Canvas, 46×44 (117×111·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1921.
Exh: R.A., 1919 (628), as ‘A Painter’; R.A., Works by Recently Deceased Members, January–February 1922 (66).

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Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II