Self-Portrait

August Jansen Self-Portrait 1950s oil, paper 39.5 × 35 cm

August Jansen painted himself often and through several decades. As a rule, he looks the viewer straight in the eye in his self-portraits, yet in this work we only see the artist’s profile. His buttoned-up coat, turned up collar and thick hat further reinforce the feeling of detachment and being cut off. The artist is already over 70 years old in this painting and this is probably one of his last self-portraits.