Laura Scherb, period 8From the Renaissance to Pop ArtSELF PORTRAITS
SELF PORTRAITS A self portrait is representation of the artist, in any medium, as represented by the artist. This trend of creating self portraits first started in the mid 15th century when artists started to depict themselves as the main subject or an important character in their works. The purpose of self portraits is debated: some historians say that the self portrait emerged as a tool for self promotion, while others say it’s a tool for analyzing the self.
• 1471-1528 DURER • Northern Renaissance • His self portraits show confidence and a high skill level. • Typical of the Northern Renaissance due to: • Extreme detail • Subject matter: a common person in a domestic setting: reflection of higher wealth in the bourgeoisie • Color palate: mostlySelf Portrait at 26: 1497 neutral colors
• 1606-1669• Bourgeoisie Baroque• His self portraits were windows into the events and themes of his life.• Typical of the Bourgeoisie Baroque due to: • Simplicity and modesty • Emotional appeal: the look in his eyes draws the viewer in • Dramatic lightingREMBRANDT Self Portrait at the age of 63: 1669
DAVID • 1748-1825 • Neoclassicism • This self portrait portrays David as a dashing, serious painter with none of the flaws that held him back in real life, such as the tumor on his face. • Typical of the Neoclassicism movement due to: • Serious emotions • Darker colors • Classic poseSelf Portrait: 1794
• 1853-1890• Post Impressionist• His self portraits seemed to be windows into the turmoil of his mind.• Typical of the Post Impressionist movement due to: • Vibrant, unusual colors • Impasto (thick paint remaining on the canvas) technique • Bold, curving linesVAN GOGH Self Portrait: 1889
PICASSO • 1881-1973 • Cubism • The way the eyes are portrayed in this self portrait as well as the simplicity is said to symbolize the energy that Picasso was feeling at this point in his career. • Typifies cubism due to: • Simplification of subject into geometric forms • Basic colors: black, gray and brownSelf Portrait: 1907
• 1907-1954• Mexican folk art, some elements of surrealism• This self portrait, one of many, has both Christian and traditional Aztec imagery in it. Some have asserted that with the religious imagery, Kahlo was attempting to portray herself as a god-like entity.• Typical surrealist qualities include: • Characterization of the inner self or id • Theme of the painting stems from belief that it reflects her inner self• Typical folk art characteristics include: • Symbolism from religion KAHLO • Animals and plants native to Mexico Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird: 1940
• 1928-1987 WARHOL • American Pop Art • This self portrait was done nine months before his death and is thought to symbolize the separation of the public and private man. • Typical of the pop art movement due to: • Element of pop culture: the artist himself (an ironic statement) • Dramatic element, in this case, color • Multitude of colors creates an impersonal feel while at the same time piquing the interest of the public due to theSelf Portrait: 1986 obvious emotion
• 1894-1978• Realist/Caricature• This self portrait features not one but three portrayals of the artist. In the realm of self portraits, this one is probably one of the least self-analytical.• Typifies realism through: • Extremely accurate details • No exaggeration • Realistic colorsROCKWELL Triple Self Portrait: 1960
SELF PORTRAITS What’s the real purpose? In my opinion, the self portrait is a tool to examine who you are as a person. How do self portraits examine the self? Even though they’re not always accurate portrayals of the person, it’s evident through psychological examination how these people saw themselves. Why study self portraits? To give us insight into the minds of these artists and help us contrast styles not only in schools of art, but in ways to portray one’s self.
SELF PORTRAITS Studying self portraits fascinates me. Seeing how the artist sees themselves through their own eyes is enlightening and refreshing. My favorite self portrait that I studied was that of Van Gogh. The way he paints his face really gives you insight into the depth of emotion and the intellectual torment he was undergoing.