(b. 1853, Kisszeben, d. 1919, Budapest)


c. 1900
Oil on canvas, 67 x 40 cm
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest

This picture, an important milestone in Csontváry's development, as a painter, is connected to the Munich studies in colours, and recalls Gács in interior where he used to work as a pharmacist. It is not cleared, however, when and where the picture was painted. The style of painting proves that Csontváry had a good training: shades of purplish green recall Hollósy, Csontváry's master. The face indicates strictness, firmness and determination, he looks at us the same way as he saw himself or he wanted to be seen. The composition supports awareness with the logical order of space, colours and light. Although "Self-Portrait" is an early picture of Csontváry's, it reflects a rare artistic attitude.