October 1 self-portraits

I draw a broad distinction between self-portraits intended to function as monuments, as statements about who the artist is, by golly, and those which are more in the nature of  self-exploration. It’s the difference between a declaration and an inquiry. The first category can be more productive of laughs—

William Merritt Chase 1915 (W'pedia)

Alexandre Cabanel 1852 (W'pedia)

self-portrait as David – Johann Zoffany 1756 (W’pedia)

but the second is more fascinating. I’ve done very few self-portraits, I suppose because I always find the subject too profound and elusive for decisive formulation.

Dali 1921 (policialapaz.com)

Durer - self portrait with bandage 1491 (agnolobronzino.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betiti (deviantart.com)

Annie Fougner 2009 (courtesy A.F.)

 

self c.2002 - study for a Chuck Close method workshop