R.B. Kitaj ('Self-Portrait: Hockney Pillow')

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R.B. Kitaj ('Self-Portrait: Hockney Pillow')

by R.B. Kitaj
oil on canvas, 1993-1994
40 in. x 20 in. (1016 mm x 508 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 2006
Primary Collection
NPG 6791

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  • R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007), Painter. Sitter in 6 portraits, Artist or producer of 4 portraits.

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  • R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007), Painter. Artist or producer of 4 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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This self-portrait depicts the artist in bed. His darkened features and reddened eyes invest the image with an intense, emotional charge. It is a powerful personal image, in which the artist confronts his own state of being.

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