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BEFORE THE SELFIE:
A GALLERY OF SELF PORTRAITS, PART II
Vsevolod Maksymovych, in the remarkable self-portrait below, was only 21 when he committed suicide in 1914, after the unsuccessful showing of his one man exhibition.* HIs work is generally compared to Art Nouveau innovator Aubrey Beardsley’s bold and graphic style, Although I also see a visual connection with Gustave Klimt’s avant garde portraits done around the same time—in which the Austrian artist poses often provocatively dressed models as well as members of Viennese high society, against a background of mystifying patterns and designs.
What if Maksymovych had lived longer? How much of a loss was his premature death to posterity? I was only able to find a few of his paintings on the internet and scarcely any biographical information. Perhaps an art historian or scholar will further research this mainly forgotten artist.
*The source is a November 4, 2006 New York Times article on the traveling exhibition, “Crossroad: Modernism in Ukraine, 1910-1930.”
The above image is used solely for educational purposes.