This self-portrait was made by Carel Willink, known as the greatest Dutch painter in the style of Magic Realism. It shows the same attention to detail that can be seen in his paintings.
Willink had his own method for working on a painting. He started with a study in charcoal, which he finished either with white chalk – like this one – or colour: he insisted on portraying his subjects to anatomical perfection. He also mixed his own colours and had a huge store of pigments in powder form which he mixed with oil paint from tubes. As a result, many of the colours that Willink used to create the eerie atmosphere in his paintings were unique.
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