JULIETTE ASKS: Does gender matter in self-portraits?


Introducing Juliette

Collaborative Self-Portrait of Juliette Kay by Julette Kay / Anthony Luvera, 2016

Taking control of self-image

Curator Sabina Jaskot-Gill discusses how self-portraits were used by Jo Spence in her practice of…

Painting her legacy?

What impact did Gwen John’s self-portrait have on the subsequent representation of women?

Subterranean artist

Curator Rab MacGibbon discusses Gwen John’s life and self-portrait.

Cecil Beaton

Self-portrait by Cecil Beaton, Bromide print mounted on cream and black Early 1920s, NPG x40412 © National…

Angus McBean

Angus McBean as Neptune by Angus McBean, Bromide print, 1939, NPG P932 © estate of Angus McBean / National…


Self-portrait by 'Gluck' (Hannah Gluckstein), Oil on canvas, 1942, NPG 6462 © National Portrait Gallery,…

OVER TO YOU: How do you reflect gender through self-portraiture?

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