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#551

Self-Portrait as a Young Man

Graff, Anton (1736-1813) | Person(s) shown
Graff, Anton (1736-1813) | Painter

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In 1766 the 29-year-old Swiss artist Graff submitted this self-portrait in support of his application for a position as court painter in Dresden. The artist presents himself as young, dashing and confident, seated in front of an as yet empty canvas. A characteristic feature are his alert eyes: is he looking at himself in a mirror? Or at a person whose portrait he intends to paint? With his keen eye, Graff sought to capture his subject’s soul or essence, not merely to reproduce their appearance.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Museum
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
Dating
1765
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 2166
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