oil on cardboard
32,5 x 25 cm (12 3/4 x 9 7/8 in.)
signed upper right, inscribed and dated lower left 'Weihnachten 1903' ['Christmas 1903']
The important small self-portrait shows the head of the then 36-year-old painter in profile. In a dignified pose, Slevogt presents himself as a successful and self-confident artist. With clamping glasses on his nose and a stern gaze, he presents himself as a serious and witty person. He lets the surroundings step back completely in order to accentuate the features of his face. This stands out clearly from the light background. Light and dark tones describe the artist's incarnate in subtle nuances. All details of his physiognomy, from the high cheekbones to the shining forehead to the reddened auricle, are precisely recorded. The pasty surface structure and the lively ductus give the portrait a realistic effect.