Saturday, April 12, 2008

Me: 3 Early 20th Century Self-Portrait Masterpieces

Me: 3 Early 20th Century Self-Portrait Masterpieces

Did you know it was not until the mid 1400s, when mirrors became more popular, that visual artists dared to refer to themselves as main subjects in their own work of art? Approximately 500 years later vocabulary of human culture was dramatically changed and self-portraits were already a popular form of expression. Used by true groundbreakers to express the zeitgeist of the pre-World War I and stretch the borders of their medium, the following are three self-portrait masterpieces made by early 20th century expressionist artists. Don't miss the click for high-res versions.

Ludwig Meidner

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My Night Visage, 1913

Otto Dix

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Self-Portrait as a Soldier in a Red Shirt, 1914


Egon Schiele

Self-Portrait Pulling Cheek, 1910

Self-Portrait Pulling Cheek, 1910

1 comment:

  1. Utilizing a wide array of dazzling colors made all the more real with a keen command of light and shadow, these masters rocked the house down with a new self-awareness (although I have to admit...if I were Ludwig, I'd either get my money back on the mirror or comb my hair without it; sometimes ignorance is bliss, lol!)

    Thanks for these, Gil...:-)

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