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Transcript of SELF PORTRAITS
What shape is your face?
A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist.
Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it was not until the Early Renaissance, mid 1400's, that artists painted themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work.
You can see Monet's distinctive brush strokes of his Impressionistic Style in both his Self Portrait and his paintings. Notice too, how Monet looks like what we might imagine an old fashioned French painter to look like. Self portraits help mark who you are and where you are in your life at a specific time period. Knowing this, we can see what the most popular Impressionistic painter looked like during his painting years of the late 1800's.
Vincent Van Gogh
Leonardo Da Vinci painted his self portrait. You probably know his famous portrait of Mona Lisa even more so.
Rembrandt van Rijn
The Desperate Man
Jan van Eyck
During the Renaissance period (1433) artists gained a new self confidence and started to make themselves the subject of their pictures. One of the many jobs of painters was to create pictures of important people. People like the prince, the mayor or bishop. City leaders would choose the best artist to paint these important people. Keep in mind, cameras
Jan van Eyck was the best Dutch artist of the time. His painting were famous, he used bright oil paints that made his paintings especially popular all over Europe.
One day he decided he wanted a painting of himself and since he was the best artist at the time, he decided to paint himself. This was strange to the people of his hometown, Bruges. Until this point, painters were regarded only as craftsmen, they were surprised to think he saw himself as such an important person.
Jan van Eyck thought of himself differently and he sat down in front of a mirror and carefully looked at himself and painted himself exactly what he saw, thus, being the first artist, with the distinguishing title, of inventing the Self Portrait. Look closely, you can see the fur in his collar, the stubble of his beard. He wanted to make it clear to everyone that he really painted the picture of himself, he wrote on the frame of his portrait, "Jan van Eyck made me in 1433, 21 October". His painting is titled, Portrait of a Man in a Red Turban.
For this drawing, Albrecht Durer wrote in the top corner of his picture, "I drew this picture of myself by looking in a mirror in 1484, when I was still a child." It is believed he is looking in a mirror, to his right, in the direction of his pointing finger. And, his left hand, not pictured, was drawing this portrait.
Rembrandt, a Dutch artist, is one of the most famous painters in history. His paintings are some of the most expensive in the world. Rembrandt drew himself with various expressions on his face.
Here again we can see how self portraits of artist really mimic the style of their work. Georgia O'Keefe's self portrait photo, is close up, almost magnified, focusing on the shape of her face and hands. Similar to her painted flowers, they too are very close up and magnified. Her Self Photo emphasizes her features with elegance and detail, very much like her paintings.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Man In The Red Turban
Music Pink and Blue II
The Night Watch
Here, Gauguin uses similar colors and style in these two paintings. Gauguin traveled to Tahiti and did many paintings of the local women and children, in the tropical outdoors, surrounded by the trees, flowers, and landscape. He did the same in his Self Portrait.
Woman with a Parasol
You can see how Pablo Picasso style evolved as he grew older. As a student his style was more realistic. As his art became more abstract, so did his self portrait.
Many self portraits show people doing what they do. Here we see Paul Cezanne the painter, painting at his easel, paints in hand. Personally, I especially like these types of Self Portraits. They show the artist doing what he loves to do, doing what he does best, working at his craft, reflecting his life.
Still Life with Basket of Apples
The Self Portrait lets you be you. It allows you the artist, to show the audience how you see yourself. It is a window to who you are. It can give the audience some insight of your feelings or what is happening to you at this point in your life. It can also just be a fun face that captures your personality!
Woman In the Pearl Earing
Woman and Child Bath
Notice where the subjects of these paintings are looking,
Mary Cassett does not look at her audience nor does her painting.
Vermeer stares directly into our eyes as does his painting The Woman With The Pearl Earing.
The painter often paints his Self Portrait similarly to his own painting style.
A Starry Night
Woman In The Hat
The Horse, The Rider, The Clown
Portrait of the Artist's Mother
Girl Before A Mirror
The next few slides are examples of famous artists and their Self Portraits. You might recognize some of their art or their names or both.
Now a days we call a posed photo, taken by ourselves, a selfie. Selfie only became a word in the dictionary in 2013!
Instead of mirrors, today, we are going to use these selfies to draw our
Vincent Van Gogh painted several Self Portraits throughout his life. Look closely at his clothes,
the dressy hat and suit is what he wore while living in bustling Paris. The straw hat and casual shirt he wore while painting in the countryside on a farm. You can also see him wearing his painters smock, brushes in hand and paint squeezed out on his palette, a portrait painted while in his art studio. Notice too, there are images below where he is sad, confused or injured. He used his self portraits to tell his story and allow us to get to know what he looked liked, how he saw himself, what he was thinking or going through and brought us into his daily life. All while using his very distinctive emotionally moving, heavy brush strokes.
The Persistence of Memory
The Butterfly Ship
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