Artist’s Collection, 1950’s First Hand Tretchikoff Print. This print has been produced to the highest quality under the artist’s personal supervision and is accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authentication.
Tretchikoff 'Self-Portrait' .
"Laboured over for almost thirty years, Tretchikoff's Self-Portrait was the artist's most treasured work.
However, his obsession with this particular portrait was fuelled by a séance he attended in Jakarta. Prompted by Lenka, his Indonesian muse, Tretchikoff asked the spirit what his greatest artistic accomplishments would be. The upturned glass moved from letter to letter on a sheet of paper; the answer was that his most successful creations would be a self-portrait and an 'Oriental lady'.
The latter turned out to be Chinese Girl, which was sold in our saleroom for almost £1 million, the current world record for the artist.
Tretchikoff was inspired by the spirit's prediction and set to work on the self-portrait in 1944. He later described his vision for the painting in his memoir, Pigeon's Luck:
"The artist was concerned with colour, the whole spectrum of the palette, streaming and whirling through his mind before ever he puts brush to canvas. That was where it all began: not on the canvas, not on the palette, but in the mind. And it was with that idea I set to work on the self-portrait."
Size: 26 x 20cm