On the Other Side II: Analogue Art - The Painted Self Portrait

The first installment of this two part series: On the Other Side I, featured self portraits shot by photographers. The second chapter is dedicated to those artists well known and less well known, who used paint not film to depict themselves.

Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait, September 1889 Oil on canvas, 65 × 54 cm Musée d’Orsay, Paris via Wikipedia
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self Portrait with Two Circles, 1660, Kenwood House, London via Wikipedia

In painting, the best known self portraitists include Rembrandt van Rijn, Albrecht Durer, Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo. These four artists painted themselves over and over again in various creative guises. Durer at one point looks very much like Jesus and Kahlo is often accompanied by monkeys, cats or parrots unless, she has transmuted into a deer herself that is.

Frida Kahlo,The Little Deer, 1946, Oil on masonite, 224 × 300 mm © Banco de México and INBAL Mexico, 2005 via “dailyartfixx.com”:http://www.dailyartfixx.com
Albrecht Dürer, Sel Portrait 1500, Oil on wood panel 66.3 cm × 49 cm Alte Pinakothek, Munich via Wikipedia

But what of other painters you might ask? What did they look like? Let’s take a look and find out how different artists saw themselves.

Caravaggio for example,couldn’t have been a happy man when he painted himself as the Medusa. The Medusa with her head cut off that is. It really sets you thinking about the mental state the man must have been to paint himself decapitated doesn’t it?

Caravaggio, Medusa,1595-1596, Oil on canvas mounted on wood, Diam. 55 cm, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, via http://en.wikipedia.org

Claude Monet, impressionist until the very end, left one of his portraits unfinished. Was he being true to his philosophy that an impression was all that was needed or did he perhaps simply move on to another work before completing this one?

Claude Monet, Self-Portrait. C. 1884, oil on canvas, Musee Marmottan Paris via http://www.paintinghere.com

I was rather surprised when I came this self portrait of Spanish artist Joan Miro. Somehow I never pictured him as more of a rotund man.

Joan Miro, Self Portrait, 1919, oil on canvas, Musee Picasso, Paris via “http://3.bp.blogspot.com” :http://3.bp.blogspot.com

American realist Edward Hopper, a true man of his time, can be seen wearing a fedora hat, jacket and tie.

Edward Hopper, Self-Portrait, 1925-30; Oil on canvas, 25 1/16 × 20 3/8 in; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York via “ibiblio.org”:http://www.ibiblio.org

Last but not least, Tamara De Lempicka who would certainly beat anyone to the finish line in that green Bugatti of hers!

Tamara De Lempicka, Auto Portrait, 1932, Private Collection via oilpaintingstreet.com

You can also read the first part of this article to see more portraits.

written by webo29 on 2012-02-03 in #lifestyle

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