British artist Rex Whistler (1905-1944) was a versatile figure in the art world as a painter, designer, and illustrator. Throughout his career, he produced several self-portraits including his depiction of himself as a member of the Welsh Guard during World War II. Whistler was trained as a tank commander, tragically killed in action in Normandy […]
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THROUGH A WOMAN ARTIST’S EYES SELF-PORTRAITS, EXPLORING PERSONAL IDENTITY March is Women’s History Month so I am featuring several female artists over the centuries, from the 1600s to the 20th century. Self portraits have been significant in the history of women’s art, reflecting a need to explore and establish personal identity. I […]
Dutch master Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was inspired by the world around him, even scenes like the factory portrayed above, located in the northern suburbs of Paris. Yet, his use of rich colors and expressive brushstrokes offers us a unique perspectives of the changing industrial environment of the late 19th century. Van Gogh lived […]
Both Polish artist Anna Bilinska-Bohdanowicz (1857-1893) and Swedish artist Elizabeth Keyser (1851-1898) have mastered the art of self portraiture, with an emphasis on the tools of their creativity. Each woman was about 30 at the time, both living in the artistic epicenter of Paris where they could further their careers.
Danish artist Julius Paulsen (1860-1940) was influenced by Dutch master Rembrandt who created more self portraits than any other painter in the history of art. Like Rembrandt, Paulsen portrayed various stages of his life, here at the ages of 40 and 62.
Danish master Viggo Johansen (1851-1935) was an admired figure of his country’s art establishment in the late 19th century; he also was a member of the Skagen Painters, a colony of artists who portrayed the dramatic coast of Denmark. Johansen demonstrates his skill in portraiture in the unique self portrait with his wife Martha, […]
Dutch artist Therese Schwartze (1851-1918) was a successful portraitist working mainly in late 19th century Amsterdam, her subjects ranging from her niece Lizzy Ansingh (1875-1959), who was also a painter, to commissions of prominent, wealthy patrons and their families as seen below. Do you notice the individual personalities of each sitter? For […]
I am always fascinated by self portraits, a centuries old tradition in art, dating back to the Middle Ages. Here are two examples by twentieth century artists: Romanian Nina Arbore (1889-1947), who is esteemed particularly for still-lifes, including the vibrant interpretation of sunflowers seen above; and Brit Rex Whistler (1905-1944), renowned for his […]
I am always amazed by the number of women artists who were creating in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Polish painter Alina Bondy Glassova (1865-1935) and her Finnish contemporary Dora Wahlroos (1870-1947) besides producing a body of artistic work, also have left posterity revealing and insightful images of themselves. […]
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 […]