Fry was not a vain man yet at various moments in his life he turned his attention upon himself, producing a series of introspective self-portraits.
Self-Portrait by Roger Fry, 1928
© The artist's estate
- Oil on canvas
- 46 x 37 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £3,750 ( Total: £15,000)
- Acquired in:
- Julian Agnew
As in all of these, in this work there is a level gaze, a careful, critical self appraisal in which the importance of looking seems to outweigh the expression of his personality. This is the only portrait in which he is shown wearing a hat, and the light catching the edge of the brim creates a horizontal that balances the verticality of the face. Cezanne's example may have led Fry to use the background door panels as a challenge to the sense of recession set up by the line of the shoulders and the three-quarter view of the face. There is also a visual pun in the use of the pearl tie-pin to hold both tie and composition in position.
Possibly purchased from the artist by Geoffrey Agnew; by descent to Julian Agnew.