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Self Portrait [Opus D.11]
© The Estate of Alan Davie

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Self Portrait [Opus D.11] 1939

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This self-portrait dates from the period of Davie's studies at Edinburgh College of Art. Although best known for his paintings with expressive brushwork, Davie was also a skilled draughtsman. This is one of the earliest works by the artist in the possession of the Modern One. The Gallery owns a large collection of Davie's work, including some twenty paintings and numerous gouaches, drawings and prints. Many of the works were given to the Gallery by the artist in 1997.

Glossary Open


The ability to draw skilfully, often refers to technical drawing.


Any act of representation in words, images, music or other means, particularly the representation of emotions or feelings in a lively manner.


Usually refers to watercolour mixed with white pigment that retains the fluidity of the former but without the transparency. The term body-colour is also used.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Draughtsmanship, Expression, Gouache, Print


  • Acc. No. GMA 4255
  • Medium Pencil on paper
  • Size 39.00 x 26.90 cm
  • Credit Presented by the artist 1997