Four tens (self portrait), Arnold Shore
  • Artist
    Arnold Shore
  • Born
    1897
  • Died
    1963
  • Title
    Four tens (self portrait)
  • Date of Production
    1937
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    66.8 x 53.8 cm
  • Credit Details
    George Couch Prize, 1938

Arnold Shore

Four tens (self portrait)

While serving an apprenticeship with Brooks Robinson, makers and designers of stained glass, Shore attended night classes at the National Gallery School, Melbourne.

In 1932 Shore went on to establish an art school with George Bell in which the emphasis was on modern art. When Four tens (self portrait) won the Crouch Prize in 1938 it was felt that because of its "modern nature" it might attract some criticism. The judge, John Rowell justified his decision by stating that the portrait was full of character. Rowell reserved his criticism for the rendering of the subject's neck, but felt that this was not enough to exclude Shore from prize. Shore had, in Rowell's opinion, succeeded in producing a work that was not only a splendid likeness but possessed a fine paint quality, full of colour and vitality