Self-portrait with Cigarette in Mouth

Hlaváček’s lifelong fascination with his own face was related to the interest being taken at that time in the inner life of a human being, with many artists painting self-portraits. Most of his self-portraits from 1896–1897 are a variation on the same gaze of his dominant, mesmeric eyes. In some of them, the impression of concentration is reinforced by the insinuated figure of the subject, from which the drawn face stands out in greater detail, absorbing with its gaze the reality under observation (as if just
formed). The duo of self-portraits with a pince-nez cast an ironic view on this hypnotic creative vision, with the empty eye sockets of one of the human skulls staring out at us.

Subject: Others
Author: Hlaváček, Karel
Title: Self-portrait with Cigarette in Mouth
Date: 1897
Technique: pencil and white lead on gray cardboard
Dimensions: 14 × 10,9 cm
Origin: Karásek Gallery fonds
Licence: Free license

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