DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Ambrose PATTERSON | Self-portrait (La FenĂȘtre de l'atelier)

Australia 1877 – USA 1966-10-08
France 1898-99, USA 1899-1901, France and Europe 1901-10, Australia 1910-1916, USA from 1916
Self-portrait (La FenĂȘtre de l'atelier) c.1902
oil on canvas
130.5 (h) x 81.5 (w) cm
signed l.r., oil "Patterson". not dated
Purchased 1976
NGA 1976.1057

Artists have often painted their own portraits as a means of self-enquiry. At the time Patterson painted Self-portrait he was feeling insecure and experiencing self-doubt. Patterson suggested the inner darkness that he felt by presenting himself as a dark silhouette against the open window. He expressed his hopes for a more positive future in the brighter image reflected in the mirror.

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