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Black ink bust portrait of a man staring at the viewer in front of a country scene.

In this bust portrait, a centered man stares directly at the viewer. He has short-cropped hair and a long beard and mustache, all either blond or white. The wrinkles on his face bely his age, and his brow is furrowed. He wears a dark coat, with a white button up and black bowtie. A band with vegetation below him reads "Hans Thoma," revealing this to be a self-portrait. Behind him is a country scene: on the left is a field and wooden split rail fence, with a line of trees beyond; on the right is a tall fir tree.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Hans Thoma, German (Bernau im Schwarzwald, Germany 1839 - 1924 Karlsruhe, Germany)
Self-Portrait II
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Selbstbildnis II
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Etching and drypoint on off-white wove paper
Etching and drypoint
image: 21.4 × 15.8 cm (8 7/16 × 6 1/4 in.)
plate: 33.2 × 18.5 cm (13 1/16 × 7 5/16 in.)
sheet: 40.6 × 33.1 cm (16 × 13 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: graphite, l.r. Hans Thoma
  • inscription: within plate mark, below design, lower right, graphite, handwritten, in artist's hand: Hans Thoma
  • inscription: engraved in plate, in band below image, black printer's ink, engraved in plate, in artist's hand: Bernau 1898 Hans Thoma

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Beringer 459, Beringer (1991) 30

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Charles D. Childs Gallery
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Herbert Tannenbaum, ed., Hans Thomas Graphische Kunst, Ernst Arnold (Dresden, 1920), no. 459, b/w illus. p. 65
  • J.A. Beringer, Hans Thoma Radierungen (1923), no. 30, b/w illus. (upaginated section)

Exhibition History

  • From the Realists to the Expressionists: Works on Paper by Central European Artists from 1870 to 1918, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 03/14/1983 - 04/29/1983
  • Before Expressionism: Art in Germany circa 1903, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/24/2003 - 02/15/2004
  • 32Q: 1440 Secessionism: Munich, Vienna, Berlin (Expressionism), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/01/2018 - 10/11/2018

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