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Self-Portrait with Brushes
© The Estate of Alan Davie

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Self-Portrait with Brushes 1937

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This picture was painted after Davie's father (also an artist) gave his sixteen-year-old son oil paints, brushes and a mirror and invited him to paint a self-portrait. Davie has the intense and serious look of a young artist engaged in his work, clutching the tools of his trade. The painting was submitted as part of the artist's portfolio to Edinburgh College of Art, and helped to gain him an entrance scholarship. It is probably Davie's second painting, painted immediately after another self-portrait, which the artist later destroyed.

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A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4108
  • Medium Oil on wood
  • Size 61.00 x 46.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund 1997