Oil on canvas
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1939
"The Self-Portrait challenges our usual view of Renoir's art as conventionally pleasant and beautiful. It is a picture of incredible psychological insight and visual power. I think it is a testament to the range of Mr. and Mrs. Clark's taste that they saw the value of acquiring such a provocative example of their favorite artist's work. The fluid brushstrokes and rich colors convey a sense of the artist's working process, as he sought to capture his own face as directly and honestly as possible."
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute