Craigie Aitchison by Craigie Aitchison
Craigie Aitchison by Craigie Aitchison

Craigie Aitchison did some art defacing to his self portrait.

Created in the late 1950s/early 1960s, the image was destroyed by the artist after a visitor to his studio called the portrait ‘flattering’.

Aitchison reacted to the perceived criticism by lacerating the painting.

The artist was known for his dislike of self promotion but was persuaded to let Martin Wyld, the head of conservation at the National Gallery, restore the painting. Aitchison agreed under the proviso that the scars would remain visible.

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