Self Portrait

© the artist's estate. Image credit: Ruth Borchard Collection

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The self portrait is notable for its strongly vertical format, making the artist appear lean and distinguished. He comes across as a lovable, humorous figure with a rather aloof, mystified air. Though he seems to be looking at the viewer – or his own face in a mirror – his eyes appear impenetrable. The rubicund of his cheeks extends all the way up to the eyes themselves – the impression given is of almost painful self-consciousness. The full ruby lips seem at odds with his otherwise professorial demeanour. There is something disquieting at the heart of the picture. He studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Slade. He taught at Chelsea, with the war years spent as a soldier. In the late 1950s/early 1960s, Robb had an especially fertile painting period.

The Ruth Borchard Collection


Self Portrait




oil on canvas


H 61 x W 25.5 cm

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acquired by Ruth Borchard as part of the original collection

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