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Anton Graff (1736-1813)

Self-Portrait circa 1787

Oil on canvas | 84.3 x 70.9 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 404425

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Anton Graff was one of the leading portrait painters in eighteenth-century Germany. His output also included over 100 self-portraits. In this much-replicated example, Graff presents himself in his dual role of artist and nobleman: the paint brushes, palette and canvas point to his profession while the rich red coat and solemn expression attest to his status and intellect. Cat. 74