(in chronological order)

Albrecht Dürer:
Self-portrait as an Ecce Homo, c.1500

Leonardo da Vinci:
Self-portrait, c.1512

Rembrandt van Rijn:
Self-portrait, 1659

Vincent van Gogh:
Self-portrait with bandaged ear, 1889

Pablo Picasso:
Self-portrait, 1901

Egon Schiele:
Self-portrait, 1911

Max Beckmann:
Self-portrait with glass of champagne, 1919

Frida Kahlo:
The broken column (Self-portrait), 1944

Francis Bacon:
Self-portrait, 1971

Jean-Michelle Basquiat:
Self-portrait, 1982


“Self-portrait”, 1971

oil on canvas, Paris, Center Georges Pompidou - © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Francis Bacon: Autorretrato 1971

In one of his last interviews, Irish painter Francis Bacon declared: “I have never considered my works to be disturbing”. Perhaps he did not, but the truth is that Bacon's figures -including his self-portraits- have caused all but indifference. Maximum exponent - along with Lucian Freud- of the “School of London”, Bacon's style refuses all the canons of previous Painting, not only those related to beauty. It is also against the dominant abstract expressionism of his time. He admired Picasso, “Picasso was the first person to produce figurative paintings which overturned the rules of appearance; he suggested appearance without using the usual codes, without respecting the representational truth of form, but using a breath of irrationality instead, to make representation stronger and more direct; so that form could pass directly from the eye to the stomach without going through the brain…” There is something “goyesque” -something from the Goya of the “disasters” and the “black paintings”- in Bacon's self-portraits, as well as in many of his most controversial paintings, like the portraits of Popes or the studies about the figure of his friend Georges Dyer.


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