• Author: Igor Vasiljev
  • Date: 1951
  • Material: panel
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 53 x 40 cm
  • Inventory number: U 1833

An excellent self-portrait of Igor Vasiljev (1923-1954) represents a small autobiographic diary. By the power of his experience, sharp outline of character, the restless and vivid expression of the state of mind, as well as the self-confident drawing skill, clarity and sonority of colours, it belongs to the most significant works in his artistic opus. The self-portrait drawn in firm lines with a focused and penetrating glance and the expression of deep concentration reveals a painter of great courage and talent. With a restless and curious temperament, he did not lose any of his authenticity, not even when he follows Van Gogh, entering into the wide range of expressionist research. The premature and mysterious death of Igor Vasiljev has lucidly been predicted in his Self-portrait that reveals the artist's great sensitivity, his restlessness, anxieties and presentiments.

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