Ready To Start. Self Portrait, 1917
- Catalogue number
- Art.IWM ART 2380
- Art and Popular Design
- Production date
- Place made
- Subject period
- Support: panel
- medium: oil
- Support: Height 608 mm, Width 494 mm
- Frame: Depth 65 mm, Height 744 mm, Width 635 mm
- Alternative names
- object category: painting
- Imperial War Museums, Gift of the artist, 1918
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Image: A self portrait as a reflection in a mirror. The mirror is mounted next to a window overlooking a street. In the foreground is a table with a soda siphon, wine bottles, a glass, several books, and maps of France.
Painted shortly after his arrival in France, Orpen is inspecting himself in the mirror wearing his military uniform. In a wonderfully revealing self-portrait, he sets out an artistic agenda of colour, pattern, light and texture and a social agenda of drink and sensuality that were to be fulfilled during his time in France.
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ORPEN. CASSEL 10TH JUNE 1917
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