© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Roger Fry Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1930-1934
23 1/2 in. x 19 1/2 in. (597 mm x 495 mm)
Given by the sitter's sister, (Sara) Margery Fry, 1952
- Roger Fry (1866-1934), Critic and painter. Sitter in 18 portraits, Artist of 5 portraits.
- Roger Fry (1866-1934), Critic and painter. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 18 portraits.
This self-portrait was one of a number in which Fry presents himself gazing out through spectacles at the viewer. Painted in the last four years of Fry's life, it uses a subdued palette and a restrained naturalism. Having earlier been a leading champion of Matisse and Picasso, this puzzled some observers. Significantly, however, Kenneth Clark identified a 'naïve earnestness' in such works.
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