Maggi Hambling1977-1978 by Maggi Hambling

In this self-portrait, the artist has painted herself with 3 arms to hold her 3 essentials of life: a cigarette, a drink and a paintbrush. All of the items in the portrait have a personal significance to the artist who painted the portrait when her love life was 'in a muddle': spiritually she was in love with the person who made the teapot, physically she was in love with the person we glimpse in the lower right hand corner of the unprimed canvas. (http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw07447/Maggi-Hambling#description)
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