Research: Self-portraits

This was a good exercise that taught me a lot about self-portraits. I had seen them before, obviously, but I hadn’t realised how widespread they were, nor had I ever considered why an artist would paint a self-portrait.

Two really useful books I read were Self Portraits by Liz Rideal and A Face to the World by Laura Cumming.

I was really grateful to have discovered the work of Felix Nussbaum in this exercise. I had not heard of him before now but I found his self-portrait incredibly haunting.

The exercise can be found here: Research Self Portraits No Pics

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