The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House
26 June - 22 July 2012

Vincent van Gogh, Self-portrait with a Bandaged Ear, 1889, The Courtauld Gallery
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, Vincent van Gogh, 1889

The exhibition Portrait of the Artist As... looks at the ways in which artists have portrayed themselves, their peers, and their predecessors from the 18th century to the present day.

Inspired by the unique pairing of two powerful masterpieces, Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889), and Francis Bacon's Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh VI (1957), it uses works from a variety of media to show the richness, complexity, and singularity of the artist's position within our culture, and addresses the many and varied implications of asserting an artistic identity.

Portrait of the Artist As... has been curated by students on the MA course Curating the Art Museum, and draws on the holdings of two major collections, The Courtauld Gallery and The Arts Council Collection.

Several of the students have written 'spotlight' essays, offering insight into the artworks and their creators, and addressing themes of artistic inspiration, influence, process and method.

Read the essays

MA students from The Courtauld Institute of Art
   About the project
Self-portrait photograph of the artists Gilbert and George
   Selected Works

Visitors enter The Courtauld Gallery
   Plan your visit

Left: The MA students outside K21 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Top row from left: Jenny Foot, George Mogg, Grace Ambrose, Sascha Feldman, Liz Carney, Sandra Boks, Steffi Lenk, Shira Barak, Noura Al-Maashouq. Bottom row: Meredith More, Davida Fernandez-Barkan, Sarah Capes and Mardee Goff
Middle: Gilbert and George, A Portrait of the Artists as Young Men, 1970, Video and certificate, © The artist, courtesy White Cube
Right: Outside The Courtauld Gallery