Alexander Bogomazov was part of the Russian avant-garde. He studied with Alexander Archipenko and Alexandra Exter and exhibited with Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov. Like many artists of his generation, he worked in a succession of different styles, such as symbolism, pointillism and fauvism. His work in the period between 1913 and 1915 is purely futurist and coincides with the heyday of Italian futurism, with which Bogomazov was familiar through publications. This Self-portrait is the only one that Bogomazov made during this period.