Self Portrait in White Jacket1905 by Hugh Ramsay

c. 1905


Self portrait in white jacket is a swaggering assertion of his self belief. Ramsay increases the sculputral impact of his strongly boned face with dramatic contrasts of lighting. A frown of concentration – and ancient convention for intellectual strength – continues the line of severely parted hair, through the straight nose, chin cleft and down the row of buttons on his jacket. With one hand on his hip and the other holding forth a brush, Ramsay declares his identity as a consummate painter. The white jacket, painted with uninhibited flourishes of oil paint in a melting array of pale creams, heightens his white iconic presence.
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Media: oil on canvas
Dimensions (h/w/d): 36 29 (92 74)