|Self–Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird , Frida Kahlo|
|Rembrandt, at about age 60|
That got me thinking about the idea of self reflection . . . . onto the idea of reflection. . . .and our society's new fascination of the selfie. But really is it new? I started thinking about how many artists spend time creating their own selfies and what that says about them.
Some artist create several portraits of themselves. Rembrandt has over 90 of them. Yes - 90!! They create a type of autobiography of himself since he painted himself as he really was.
My favorite self portraits are the ones that really depict more about the inner artist than what the mirror reflects. Case in point, Gustave Courbet's The Desperate Man manages to blend the romanticism style of the time (1845) with the very real emotional struggle he wanted to convey. Its the kind of portrait that makes you want to look at over and over again.
|The Desperate Man, Gustave Courbet|
|Rockwell's Triple Self Portrait|
Another one of my favorites, is Norman Rockwell's Triple Self Portrait. As always, its Rockwell's mixture of humor and relatable subjects that is so interesting. This time its him at work. Notice the artist self portraits in the upper right hand corner, showing that even Rockwell was inspired by other artists. As his assistant will attest to most of the features of the piece are real on how the artist actually worked. Really its the cleverness of a the triple reflection that is so intrigued me in this piece.
How about Andy Warhol's self portrait. For a man who courted publicity and walk in the limelight, you can tell with his self portrait that he really was a deeply private man. It's him but he's still camouflaged to plain view.
I really could go on. There are a TON of amazing self portraits out there - to inspire and reflect on. I might just have to start thinking about making my own. Until then I'll just have to content myself with this selfie taken with my sister Laura.
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