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Henryk Gotlib, Self-Portrait in a Duffle Coat

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Henryk Gotlib, Self-Portrait in a Duffle Coat

by Henryk Gotlib
oil on canvas, 1956
36 1/2 in. x 27 in. (927 mm x 686 mm) overall
Given by Anne Dockery, 2016
Primary Collection
NPG 7015

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  • Henryk Gotlib (1890-1966), Painter. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist or producer of 67 portraits.

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  • Henryk Gotlib (1890-1966), Painter. Artist or producer of 67 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Gotlib recalled making this self-portrait: ‘I am putting on my duffle coat to take my usual morning walk … I suddenly notice the yellow of my duffle coat falling down in big folds... I try to reproduce as exactly and precisely as possible not my own features ... but my emotion...’

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Current affairs

The first supermarket opens in Britain. Inspired by the new innovation in America, Jack Cohen opened his first Tesco supermarket in Essex.
The First Clean Air Act is passed in response to the 'Pea Soup' smog over London.

Art and science

Pop Art is seen for the first time in the This is Tomorrow exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition included Richard Hamilton's iconic collage: What is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?
John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger opens at the Royal Court Theatre, introducing the phrase 'Angry young man' to describe the new movement of gritty, post-war realism in literature.

International

The Suez Crisis rocked Eden's premiership and marked the decline of British world power and influence in favour of America. In 1956 President Nasser of Egypt nationalised the Suez canal. Although Britain and France, who had owned the canal since the 19th century, invaded Egypt, they were soon persuaded to withdraw by US President Eisenhower who disapproved of the occupation.

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