10 Disturbing Self-Portraits

Artists have the ability to create beautiful things. How is it, then, that when it comes to portraying themselves on canvas, it can sometimes seem so...well, ugly?

The self is one of the most challenging subjects out there, not least because there is so much more to depict than just what’s staring back at you in the mirror. Artists have used self portraits to reflect, depict and narrate their innermost feelings for decades, and they can be as revealing about their creator as they are elusive.

A lot of the time, though, as this gallery shows, self portraits can be quite off-putting. Just what was going on inside the mind of the person who created it? We’ve hunted high and low for art’s most disturbing self-portraits - if you think we’ve missed any off, let us know in the comments.