Historical Connections - Théophile Hamel and Brad Phillips

In Canada, artists began practicing self-portraiture in the 19th century. They often represented themselves at work in their studio, with brush and palette in hand. The self-portrait done by Théophile Hamel (1817-1870) in 1846 depicts a serious figure and was clearly designed to promote the artist to new clients. It is very different from the intimate picture that Brad Phillips paints of himself.
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