Self-portrait at 70
Genre: Oil on canvas
- Shafer, Audrey
- Date of entry: Feb-04-2000
- Last revised: Apr-26-2012
Large blue circular eyes stare up from this frontal self-portrait. The sclera is visible underneath the eyes, which reflect the same washed blue of the background. This blue is as startling as, and reminiscent of, the green background of a Van Gogh self-portrait. The visage is grimly determined and the mouth a thin-lipped line. Ears are large and the shoulders blend into the background. He is thin and somewhat haggard.
Painted 1987. The artist was married to Portuguese artist Paula Rego, whom he met at the Slade School of Art. They spent much time in Portugal as well as England. For a listing of Willing's work at the Tate Gallery, see: http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/BrowseGroup?cgroupid=999999956
On loan from Richard Salmon to the Tate Gallery, London.