Angus McBean Christmas Card 1984 - Self Portrait Against Garden Wall with Steel Rings
Medium Vintage Gelatin Silver Exhibition Print
Photo Date 1984 Print Date 1980s
Dimensions 16 x 12 in. (406 x 305 mm)
Photo Country United Kingdom (UK)
Photographer Country United Kingdom (UK)
Contact Charles Schwartz
About This Image
McBean, a singular talent in 20th-century portraiture, was known for his unique ability to incorporate surrealist elements into complex, highly crafted compositions in which no detail was left untouched.
"Clad in pyjamas, as in earlier cards, McBean uses the three metal hoops to form the figure eight in celebration of his 80th birthday that year" - Pepper T. 2006
This image is an exhibition print, much larger than the original Christmas card
Plate 98, page 133 in Terence Pepper's "Angus Mcbean Portraits: 2006, The Monacelli Press.
The Gernsheims were early collectors and strong fans of McBean's work, and he is highlighted in "The Gernsheim Collection, Harry Ransom Center," University of Texas Press, Austin, 2010, page 300.
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