Conversation Piece and Self-Portrait

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Conversation Piece and Self-Portrait about 1910
This is an unusual self-portrait, as the artist appears only in reflection, partly obscured by a card stuck in the mirror’s frame. The lively brushstrokes belie its complex composition created by sophisticated spatial devices. The bottom half of the painting, with its horizontal bands, contrasts to the top section which is divided into vertical panels of differing colours.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.



  • Acc. No. GMA 5109
  • Medium Oil on board
  • Size 32.00 x 38.00 cm
  • Credit Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2009