Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Into the Looking Glass

Here's a link to artist self portraits that I find intriguing.

This series of self-portraits by Edvard Munch and one by Frida Kahlo (with monkey) are fascinating, too.

Which self-portrait or self-portraits appeal to you the most?

Which one/s is done in a style you would most like a portrait of yourself created in, if you had your choice?

21 comments:

Michelle e o said...

Pris, I love the one by Marc Chagall.

Pris said...

I think that's probably my favorite, too. I have a whole series of links to self-portraits by Freda Kahlo, whom I featured in a blog eons ago. I'll probably feature her again in the future. Her life story AND her art are amazing.

bittersweet said...

Hi Pris,

Just another random stranger that thinks everything about this site is quite remarkable.

Keep writing :)

Cheryl

inlow said...

hey Dish,

Ernst Kirchner, Self-Portrait with Model,
regards

Pris said...

Hi Cheryl,
Thanks and come back again!

Doug,
The colors in that one are so alive, yes!

Rae Pater said...

ahhh, now see, if I was an artist I would NEVER paint myself.
But if I chose a style it would probably be that of Jean-Michel Basquait because he has painted the inside of himself, rather than the outside, which seems more of a true self to me.

Pris said...

Hi Rae
That's a neat reason!

Michelle e o said...

I am guilty. One of my first paintings was a self portrait. However I think every self portrait I have ever seen was the inner-self of the artist, a window into their souls. Even the realists set tones with the colors they used and had expressions and other symbols in the paintings that allow you to get a glimpse of them inside. I always feel like the self portraits are so revealing and honest. I'm drawn to eyes personally. Thanks Pris, I've enjoyed these.

tom said...

self portraits i have done have been in the mirror drawings - but i like jean-michel's the best

probably if i were to take the time i would do a back view looking out over lake superior - surrounded by red pines

or sitting alone with a cup of tea and a notebook - mmmmm. maybe i will do the latter - to much snow now to get out to the lake where i am thinking about -

tom

Pris said...

Hi Michelle and Tom
I'm a wannabe artist who's had to find other outlets for creativity. Since I'm so housebound, I use myself as my own subject photographically quite a bit, then play with the photos digitally. Four are going to be published as haiga in the spring Simply Haiku. I think it's my own way of doing a 'self portrait'..changing the photo to express something I feel is 'me' at that moment.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

J.B. Rowell said...

I can't over the fact that they are all of men, except for "the model" . . . I won't say another word!

J.B. Rowell said...

Okay, saw the Frida one now too - that would be my favorite tied with Francis Bacon's - I like how he makes a face not one.
Julia

Pris said...

Google Frida sometime. She has tons of interesting self portraits.

Lyle Daggett said...

Interesting -- when I first looked at your self-portrait, the artist who came to mind right away was Basquiat. Then I went to the self-portrait link and saw his self-portrait, which I hadn't seen before, and I see similarities, or affinities. The same somewhat assembled composition, and similar intensities of color. And rough torn-looking edges (rather than, for example, clean clear lines).

My favorite artist (she worked mostly in pencil and charcoal, not sure if she painted much) is Kathe Kollwitz (there should be an umlaut over the "a" in her first name). She did a number of self-portraits. You can bring up a lot of images of her work if you google her name inside quotation marks, and search by "Images" instead of by "Web." (The same probably would work for most artists with any amount of material online.)

An artist I would like to be painted by (if I were ever to consent to being painted) is Lilla Cabot Perry. Early 20th century American, I don't believe she's among the living any more, so the chances of her painting me are unlikely. A self-portrait of hers is here.

Another painting of hers that I love -- the first painting I saw of hers (in reproduction), years ago -- is here.

Sisyphus Walking said...

I have to say, Frida's self portraits always worry me. There's always something horribly wrong, either in the painting or just beneath the surface. They're the kind of paintings that don't let me sleep. -Ryan

Pris said...

Hi Ryan
My husband had a similar reaction, looking at a few. I find them fascinating, though. Shows how differently we all react.

Pris said...

Hi Lyle
In that second link, her style is really lovely. I couldn't get the first link to work and googled. I found her self-portrait page. Copied the link, but then it wouldn't work for me when I posted it either. Thanks for introducing me to her. She's fascinating.

Coloratura said...

I love most of these, in particular Schiele, Bacon and Van Gogh and also Frida. Were I to choose a style for myself, I would probably do something in Frida's style, using a lot of symbolism with animals or flowers... I think that is really powerful and somehow more riveting than just the self-portrait... however I did it, it would have to portray a lot of layers and depth... I also love. I'm also quite a fan of Tamara De Lempicka and could see myself in that style.

Pris said...

I'm going to google Tamara De Lempicka. Thanks for a lead to an artist I'm not familiar with!

Pris said...

Ahhhh. I looked up Tamara De Lempicka and realized I'd admired her art before but didn't remember her name. She's fabulous!

Coloratura said...

she is fab... love the smokey eyes and the art deco world she paints in...