An image of Self portrait

Frederick McCubbin

(Australia 25 Feb 1855 – 20 Dec 1917)

Self portrait

Not on display
Further information

Frederick McCubbin studied at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School under the Romantic landscape painter Eugene von Guérard and later with George Folingsby, an artist whose primary interest lay in academic figure painting. McCubbin was appointed drawing master there in 1886. This self-portrait dates from that year of his first appointment, and reflects the young artist’s pleasure in this recognition.

McCubbin was one of the key founders of the Heidelberg school of Australian Impressionism. Like Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton, McCubbin subsequently became inspired during the 1890s to create large-scale pioneering history subjects, which are among the best known and most popularly admired Australian paintings.

oil on canvas on hardboard
68.2 x 43.2 cm board; 67.1 x 48.6 cm sight edge; 84.5 x 59.0 x 6.3 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "F McCubbin/ 1886".
Purchased 1951
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