- Object type
Bessie MacNicol artist
oil on canvas
framed: 635 x 533 x 50 mm;unframed: 407 mm x 305 mm
The most important woman artist in Glasgow at the turn of the century, Bessie MacNicol’s favourite subjects were young girls painted en plein air under trees in dappled sunlight.
The dark Rembrandtesque colours of this early self-portrait are therefore quite unusual. Painted when the artist was about 25, it reveals a remarkable maturity of achievement – the tonal range is perfectly balanced, the effects of light and shade captured convincingly and the brushwork fluid and assured. She suffered terribly for hay fever every summer and this may well account for her raised chin, liquid eyes and open mouth.
- Credit Line/Donor
Bequeathed by John Keppie, 1945
- ID Number
Kelvingrove Picture Promenade
- Related People
Bessie MacNicol sitter