Half-length self-portrait by the Austrian artist Ernst (later anglicised to Ernest) Neuschul, immediately arresting because of the unnerving, glittering stare aimed directly at the viewer.
Messias by Ernest Neuschul, 1919
© The artist's estate
- Oil on cardboard
- 94 x 53 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £2,272 ( Total: £6,529)
- Acquired in:
It has an almost manic visionary quality and dates from the period between 1919 and 1926 when he painted self-portraits, sometimes in sparse interiors or placed in lyrical dreamlike landscapes, all in various states of self-absorption. The artist was influenced by the prevailing post-war New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) movement.
Documented in the artist's photograph albums; Believed to have been purchased by a Czech-Jewish art dealer, c.1935, from an exhibition of Czech art in Brno; Nenad Djapic, 2006; Christie's, 2006.