Dimensions – 100 x 100 cm
Technique – acrylic on canvas
Freud’s self-portraits, an enterprise to which he returned frequently over the years, offer direct insight into his psyche. Inspiration for my painting is among the most famous, painted in 1985 when the artist was sixty-three years old. In contrast to the explicit nudity of his other portraits, here nudity is implicit (bare from the shoulders up). Whereas other sitters look ungainly and awkward, the level of self-possession in the pose here is typical of Freud’s self-portraits.