Self-Portrait, Charles Angrand (French, Criquetot-sur-Ouville 1854–1926 Rouen), Conté crayon (graphite border on all edges) on white laid paper mounted on board


Charles Angrand (French, Criquetot-sur-Ouville 1854–1926 Rouen)
Conté crayon (graphite border on all edges) on white laid paper mounted on board
24 x 17 1/2 in. (61 x 44.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
A close friend and follower of Georges Seurat and a founding member of the Neo-Impressionist movement, Angrand was a master of Conté crayon, preferring to work in its limited palette of black, white, and gray. Here Angrand presents himself, not at all as an artist, but as a bourgeois dandy, impeccably dressed and smoking a cigar. Angrand’s technical ability in this self-portrait is stunning. In the words of an early critic, Angrand’s image seems to emerge from a “luminous mist.” Fellow Neo-Impressionist Paul Signac praised Angrand's crayon drawings: "his drawings are masterpieces. It would be impossible to imagine a better use of white and black. These are the most beautiful drawings, poems of light, of fine composition and execution." Many of the Neo-Impressionists were friends, as evidenced by the numerous extant Conté crayon depictions they made of themselves and of one another.
Signature: Signed and dated in blue-white chalk (lower right): Ch. Angrand. 92

Marking: Watermark: (right margin): TR-Lalanne; (left margin): Michelet
Inscribed on verso: portrait d'Angrand par lui-même
Félix Fénéon, Paris; Fénéon sale at Hôtel Drouot, 30 April 1947; Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York; Robert Lehman (acquired from Wildenstein 23 January 1954)