Pat Douthwaite

The Sneer

About this artwork

Because of her imagery and her self-taught beginnings, Douthwaite was sometimes taken for a naïve artist, although this is far from true. The condescending ‘sneer’ of the female character in this lithograph hints at the pressures Douthwaite must have felt in exposing her innermost thoughts and visions through her art. Haunted by feelings of alienation throughout her life, Douthwaite constantly moved from place to place, feeling like an outsider regardless of where she went. Although both in personality and work, Douthwaite was known for her uninhibited (and sometimes arrogant) self-expression, 'The Sneer' belies deeper insecurities.

  • title:
    The Sneer
  • accession number:
    GMA 1344
  • artist:
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  • materials:
    Lithograph on paper
  • date created:
    Dated 1974
  • measurements:
    50.80 x 38.10 cm (paper size: 76.00 x 50.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1975
  • copyright:
    © Toby Graham Hogarth / DACS, London 2018.

Pat Douthwaite

Pat Douthwaite