Reflections on the Self:
From Dürer to Struth


Christies Mayfair presents Reflections on the Self: From Dürer to Struth, an exhibition exploring the art of the self-portrait. Spanning Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) to Thomas Struth (B. 1954), the exhibition seeks to juxtapose various forms of self-portraiture in order to examine the complexity of this self-scrutinising visual genre. As a symbol reflecting on the intellectual and cultural climate of the artist’s time, the self-portrait has taken many forms: from a milestone chronicling an artist’s questioning psyche throughout his life, to the guised self-image as a mere gesture or idealised symbol.

The exhibition unites a range of works by artists that have championed the art-form in different ways, and who have sought to expand the parameters of the genre beyond the traditional notion of the self-portrait as a window into the artist’s soul. The works presented range from distinctively readable figures to abstract imprints and mere traces on the canvas. In an age where the self-portrait has arguably become one of the most popular visual genres, not least through the rise of the selfie, this exhibition seeks to enrich our understanding of its powerful function in shaping ideas of the self and identity.

Featuring over 50 artists and 70 works, the exhibition will highlight the different formats and styles artists employ to depict themselves across a range of media including painting, print, sculpture, collage, and installation. The exhibition begins with The Bathhouse (circa 1496-97), a rare 15th-century woodcut by the first prolific self-portraitist, Albrecht Dürer, and includes works by Maurizio Cattelan, Marlene Dumas, Lucian Freud, Francisco Goya, Richard Hamilton, Barbara Hepworth, Martin Kippenberger, LS Lowry, Sarah Lucas, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Edvard Munch, Albert Oehlen, Rembrandt van Rijn, Rudolf Stingel, Thomas Struth, Andy Warhol and many more.


Exhibition Highlights

  • Lucian Freud (1922-2011)

    Reflection (Self-Portrait)

    oil on canvas
    22 x 19 7/8 in. (56 x 50.7cm.)
    Painted in 1985

    Private Collection
    © Lucian Freud Archive / The Bridgeman Art Library

  • Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

    The Bathhouse

    woodcut on laid paper with an Imperial Orb watermark block and sheet
    390 x 281mm.
    circa 1496–1497, a fine early impression (Meder a-b)

    Ursula & R. Stanley Johnson Family Collection, Chicago

  • Francis Bacon (1909–1992)

    Two Figures

    oil on canvas
    74 3/4 x 27½ in. (190 x 70cm.)
    Painted in 1975

    © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2015. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

  • Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669)

    Self-Portrait in a cap, wide-eyed and open-mouthed

    etching on laid paper without watermark
    plate: 51 x 45mm.
    sheet: 80 x 71mm.
    1630, a good impression, New Hollstein’s second, final state

    Neil Kaplan Collection

  • Marlene Dumas (B. 1953)

    The Space Age

    signed twice ‘Marlene Dumas’ (on the reverse of the lower panel)
    oil on canvas, in two parts
    overall: 104 3/8 x 43 3/8 in. (265 x 110cm.)
    Painted in 1984

    Private Collection, Paris © 2015 Marlene Dumas

  • Andy Warhol (1928-1987)


    blindstamped ‘© Andy Warhol’ (to the margin)
    stamped with the Estate of Andy Warhol and Andy Warhol Foundation Stamps and numbered
    ‘FA01.00062’ (on the reverse)
    unique polaroid print
    4¼ x 3⅜ in. (10.8 x 8.5cm.)
    Executed circa 1977

    The collection of The Andy Warhol Foundation
    © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc./ Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ DACS, London 2015

  • Gillian Wearing (B. 1963)

    Self Portrait at 17 Years Old

    chromogenic print, in artist’s frame
    45½ x 36¼ in. (115.5 x 92cm.)
    Executed in 2003, this work is number one from an edition of six plus two artist’s proofs

    Private Collection
    © Gillian Wearing, courtesy Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London

  • Lucian Freud (1922-2011)

    Self-Portrait: Reflection

    signed with the artist’s initials and numbered ‘L.F 15/46’ (to the margin)
    etching on wove paper
    plate: 595 x 430mm.
    sheet: 883 x 704mm.
    1996, this work is number fifteen from an edition of forty-six

    Private Collection
    © Lucian Freud Archive / The Bridgeman Art Library

  • Leon Kossoff (B. 1926)

    Head of a Young Man (Self Portrait)

    oil on board
    11 x 9½ in. (28 x 24.2cm.)
    Painted in 1964

    Private Collection
    © Leon Kossoff

  • Edvard Munch (1863-1944)


    signed, numbered and dated ‘E Munch 95 No. 21.’ (lower right)
    lithograph on greenish card
    image: 460 x 315 mm.
    sheet: 603 x 462 mm.
    1895, this work is number twenty-one from an edition of approximately forty-one

  • Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997)

    Ohne Titel (aus der Serie Hand-Painted Pictures)
    Untitled (from the series Hand-Painted Pictures)

    signed and dated ‘Martin Kippenberger 92’ (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    35⅜ x 29½ in. (90 x 75cm.)
    Painted 1992

    Private Collection
    © Estate of Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

  • Richard Hamilton (1922-2011)

    Mirror Image

    signed and numbered ‘Richard Hamilton 28/50’ (on the reverse)
    collotype in colours on Schoeller Elfenbein-Karton paper
    image: 626 x 479mm.
    sheet: 670 x 518mm.
    1974, this work is number twenty-eight from an edition of fifty plus five artist’s proofs

    © DACS, 2015

Exhibition Information

Reflections on the Self: From Dürer to Struth

Christie’s Mayfair
103 New Bond Street
United Kingdom

EXHIBITION DATES 2 June – 5 September 2015

OPENING HOURS Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm
Saturday, 12pm – 5pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays, Closed


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