Self Portrait Image
Gustavo Bacarisas

Self Portrait

Charcoal
63x48

Bacarisas created this likeness of himself when in his late sixties or early seventies. Depicted in side view, his portrait is reposed and tranquil, yet by the use of crisscrossing lines, especially in the bottom left, he creates a sense of energy and movement. He creates light and shade and a depth to his work. His rendition of the different textures and patterns of his clothes is masterful, coming to life even when using monochromatic charcoal. The artist depicts himself in an intimate light, smoking a pipe and gazing out to the distance. It is known Bacarisas was repeatedly commissioned by clients in Seville to produce portraits; he is well versed and skilled in the art of portraiture.

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