Ready To Start. Self Portrait, 1917

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM ART 2380
Department
Art and Popular Design
Production date
1917-06-10
Place made
France
Subject period
Materials
  • Support: panel
  • medium: oil
Dimensions
  • Support: Height 608 mm, Width 494 mm
  • Frame: Depth 65 mm, Height 744 mm, Width 635 mm
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  • object category: painting
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Category
art
Imperial War Museums, Gift of the artist, 1918

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Object description

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.

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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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