Fantin-Latour painted a number of self portraits in the years 1854-61 which were characterised by having summary backgrounds or no settings at all. In this example, one edge of an unframed painting is visible on the right, which has been tentatively identified as the portrait of Fantin-Latour's sister Marie (Birmingham City Art Gallery), which was rejected by the jury of the 1859 Salon.

Key facts

Artist dates
1836 - 1904
Full title
Self Portrait
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
31.4 x 25.4 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by Hans Velten 1931
Inventory number
Location in Gallery