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Self-Portrait by Joseph Edward Southall


This self-portrait shows the artist, Joseph Southall, in front of a landscape setting. Like many of Southall's works it is reminiscent of early Italian masters, particularly the portraits of Piero della Francesca and his contemporaries. Southall had studied at the School of Art, and although unlike many of his contemporaries, he did not return to teach at School of Art, students and local artists were regular visitors to his studio where he would demonstrate the techniques of tempera and fresco. Encouraged by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898), Joseph Southall spent years exploring the use of tempera. This is a Buon fresco panel, or true fresco, which has the same flatness of colour as tempera. The pigments, simply suspended in water, are painted onto freshly applied and still wet lime plaster, as it dries the colour then becomes part of the wall itself. However, it is not known if this fresco was ever part of a wall and then subsequently detached, or completed as an exercise in itself. The work was exhibited at Leicester in 1926, Liverpool in 1926 and at the Birmingham, RWS (Royal Watercolour Society) and Bournemouth memorial exhibitions in 1945 and again at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 1980.
Artist:Joseph Edward Southall
Artwork type:painting
Material:Buon Fresco panel in wooden case
Measurements:439 x 567 x 98 mm
Technique:Buon Fresco
Date:1925
Location:BIAD School of Art Archive
Culture:English
Rights owner:BIAD have been unable to trace the copyright owner in this work. The Keeper of Archives would be glad to receive any information concerning ownership of rights in this work. We regret that this image is provided for reference only & reproductions cannot be supplied. For more information please contact the Keeper of Archives at BIAD.
Rights status:The copyright of the artwork is owned by a private individual. The copyright of this digital image is owned by BIAD. We regret that this image is provided for reference only and reproductions cannot be supplied. For more information please contact the Keeper of Archives at BIAD
Institution:Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

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