Roger Fry

Roger Fry, by Roger Fry, 1930-1934 - NPG 3833 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Roger Fry

by Roger Fry
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
Primary Collection
NPG 3833


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  • Roger Fry (1866-1934), Critic and painter. Sitter associated with 17 portraits, Artist of 5 portraits.

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  • Roger Fry (1866-1934), Critic and painter. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter associated with 17 portraits.

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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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