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Self portrait



Arthur Streeton

England, Australia

08 Apr 1867 – 01 Sep 1943

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  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas, later mounted on hardboard
    61.0 x 53.0 cm stretcher; 80.0 x 70.0 x 6.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, brown oil "A.S.".

    Gift of the artist at the request of the Trustees 1924
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Arthur Streeton

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  • About

    The Art Gallery of New South Wales trustees asked a number of prominent artists in the 1920s to contribute a self-portrait to the collection. They invited a broad spectrum of painters, including those not known for portraiture, such as Margaret Preston. Streeton was invited in 1921 and completed his portrait after he had returned permanently to Australia in 1923. He was 56, secure in his standing as an artist, and a strong advocate for the importance of art, and yet this portrait suggests a more introspective figure than such a strong cultural contribution might suggest.

    As a public-facing image, it shows a mature, thoughtful man who has had an eventful life, with mistakes as well as successes, and has lived it on his own terms, becoming an artist against the odds. As he replied to a patron who had criticised his paintings during the war, 'I just go on with my work, believing in myself, that's all'.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by Arthur Streeton

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