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Wim Schuhmacher

Self-portrait, 1942

Like many artists, Wim Schuhmacher (1894-1986) regularly painted and drew self-portraits throughout his lifetime. After all, his own face was always at hand. The self-portrait genre does not usually have scope for expressing effusive emotions. In this respect, however, Schuhmacher seems to take the ... prize, usually looking very serious in his self-portraits (and in photographs). This was in keeping with his character and his vision of the painter’s craft. Schuhmacher considered being an artist as his vocation, and in his self-portraits seems to reference the image of the struggling artist. Schuhmacher was self-taught; he immersed himself in various painting and drawing techniques. For his drawings, he studied Chinese drawing and 15th-century silverpoint drawings. He made this self-portrait in East Indian ink on expensive Japanese paper from Paris. This posed a new challenge for the artist: the highly absorbent nature of the paper meant that every line he made was irreversible. Text: Myrthe Wesseling, guide and museum host
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Wim Schuhmacher
India ink on Japanese paper
31 x 23 cm (h x w)
Type of object
© Wilma Schuhmacher

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