Why do artists make self portraits?•Traditionally, artists create portraits of themselves over the course of their careers.•Beyond representing one’s physical attributes, self-portraiture can also serve to announce one’s vocation as an artist, one’s place in society, or one’s style.
Vincent Van Gogh“I purposely bought a mirror goodenough to enable me to work frommy image in default of a model,because if I can manage to paintthe colouring of my own head,which is not to be done withoutsome difficulty, I shall likewise beable to paint the heads of othergood souls, men and women.”- Vincent Van Gogh
Frida Kahlo During her lifetime, Frida created some 200 paintings, drawings and sketches related to her experiences in life, physical and emotional pain and her turbulent relationship with Diego. She produced 143 paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits. When asked why she painted so many self- portraits, Frida replied: "Because I am so often alone....because I am the subject I know best."
Pablo Picasso“Are we to paint whats on theface, whats inside the face, orwhats behind it?” - Pablo Picasso
Henri Matisse “Fit the parts together, one into the other, and build your figure like a carpenter builds a house. Everything must be constructed, composed of parts that make a whole....” - Henri Matisse
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