Théophile Hamel

Self-portrait

c. 1857
This self-portrait was executed when the artist was around forty, probably during the year of his marriage to Georgiana Faribault. Unlike his two other self-portraits, which make clear reference to his occupation, this – the last – is simple and understated. The intimate portrait, framed tightly within an oval, focuses on who the subject is rather than what he does. It is, as the art historian Gérard Morisset justly wrote, "a marvel of subtle modelling, of vibrating tones, of assured composition."
Title
Self-portrait
Date
c. 1857
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
76.6 x 60.8 cm; image: 69 x 56.5 cm oval
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1945
Accession number
4605