Self-Portrait in the Studio, 1883
Jan Toorop (1858-1928)
Jan Toorop gazes mistrustfully from beneath his wide-brimmed hat. His eyes are obscured by the shadow of the brim, which makes him seem even more reserved. The artist is seated at a table in his studio, working on a watercolour. A broken plate serves as a palette. In portraying himself in this fashion, dressed ‘artistically’ and seated in the untidy studio, Toorop emphasised his role as a non-conformist bohemian artist. He confirmed this image in 1885 when he jointed the Belgian avant-garde circle of artists Les XX(Les Vingt).