Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Self-Portraits–Two American Artists, A Muralist & A Minister

Will Hicok Low, Self-Portrait at Montigny, 1876, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

 

Numerous artists have depicted themselves throughout their careers, often providing posterity with insightful portrayals.  American painter Will Hicok Low (1853-1932) gained a reputation as a muralist and these large scale works can still be found in  the United States.  While Quaker minister Edward Hicks (1780-1849) is one of America’s most famous folk artists, who was inspired by religious themes, particularly of the Peaceable Kingdom, a subject he created several times.  (See Art of Peace, also posted today.)

 

Edward Hicks, Self Portrait Painting the Peaceable Kingdom, 1839, oil, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

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