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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
American realist Edward Hopper, a true man of his time, can be seen wearing a fedora hat, jacket and tie.
Last but not least, Tamara De Lempicka who would certainly beat anyone to the finish line in that green Bugatti of hers!
You can also read the first part of this article to see more portraits.