Pastel on laid paper mounted on cardboard
Image and Sheet: 37.8 x 31.9 cm (14 7/8 x 12 9/16 in.)
Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.129
Catalogue raisonné: Gray 28
Armand Guillaumin came from a working-class background and was employed as a laborer for Paris's Department of Bridges and Roads in order to support his artistic ambitions.
This self-portrait is one of several that Armand Guillaumin created as a young artist during the early 1870s. Around this time, he worked closely with Camille Pissarro and Paul Cézanne, experimenting alongside them with vivid layers of color. Here, Guillaumin juxtaposed dark, dull tones with bright blue and orange to create unexpected optical blends. He meets the viewer's gaze directly, suggesting his intense focus at a period when such experimentation was just beginning to coalesce into the Impressionist movement.
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