Artwork Title: Self Portrait

Self Portrait, 1920

Mark Gertler

I’ll leave you with Virginia Woolf’s one-star review of Mark Gertler as a 1918 house guest: “‘Good God, what an egoist!’ We have been talking about Gertler to Gertler for some 30 hours; it is like putting a microscope to your eye.… He hoards an insatiable vanity. I suspect the truth to be that he is very anxious for the good opinion of people like ourselves, & would immensely like to be thought well of by Duncan [Grant], Vanessa [Bell] & Roger [Fry]. His triumphs have been too cheap so far. However… he has power & intelligence, & will, one sees, paint good interesting pictures, though some rupture of the brain would have to take place before he could be a painter.” (
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