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Dick Ket (in 1932)

The swollen bluish purple fingertips in this self portrait by Dick Ket, the so called 'drumstick fingers', were a symptom of the heart condition that killed the artist at the age of 38. He was housebound by his illness and thus concentrated on painting still lifes and self portraits. Lower right, in mirrored lettering, is the word 'FIN', a sign of Ket's awareness that the end was near.


Title Self-portrait
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 05
Dimensions (general) Height : 80,5 cm
Width : 54 cm
Makers Painter: Dick Ket
Accession number 1427 (MK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: Dr. D.H. Hannema 1934
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1934
Age maker About 30 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions In de schaduw van morgen. (2012)
Vereeuwigd, 1913-2013 (2013)
Bezielde Realisten (2018)
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Dick Ket

Den Helder 1902 - Bennekom 1940