Why do we create self portraits, whether through art or photography? I would image we'll find different answers from each artist or photographer asked or from those of us who take family photos only to be kept in an album. Some find this ego-centric. Others, an indulgence. Personally, I find the self a fascinating and changing subject over time and the best part.An artist most known for her proliferation of self portraits was Frida Kahlo. She had a fascinating life, carrying out affairs with many prominent leaders/artists of her time, but a life also filled with illness and pain. One of her many quotes about her paintings:
"I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best."
Frida Kahlo's Art
But one by no means has to be ill to create self portraits. Here are a few more that I like.
Degas: Self Portrait
Series of self-portraits by Van Gogh
A quote from a site on Dali's paintings:
In all of Dali's paintings you can find a self-portrait. That is, if you look hard you will see at-least a sillouette of Dali himself.
Dali Self Portrait
Odilon Redon Self Portrait
Edvard Munch series of self portraits
Rousseau Self Portrait
One of my favorites...
Chagall Self Portrait
Jan Toorop Self Portrait
Page of Traditional Artist Self Portraits
Another page of Wonderful Self Portraits
Yousuf Karsh, Photographer
Matisse and Picasso at MOMA
I would love to see links posted in Comments to your own favorite self portrait on line, either of self, artist or photographer. I would especially love to see links to female artists, either traditional or contemporary.
This post was prompted by a note from someone this morning asking why I posted photos of myself or created haiga using my own image. I thank him for inspiring this search. While I'm not an artist, my answer would be partly similar to Frida Kahlo's: I'm much isolated and often I'm my only subject. My other answer would be that I create whatever I do because I enjoy doing it, be it poetry, comments, calendars, or photographs. Plain and simple:-)