Portrait Colors by Angelica Kauffman, 1780

Portrait Colors by Angelica Kauffman 1780

Click here for the podcast version of this post. The Swiss painter Angelica Kauffman created her self portrait Colors as part of a series for the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Kauffman was one of two women who founded the Academy. Her four part series on crucial elements of painting still graces that art …

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Self Portrait 1 by Joan Miró (1937-1938)

Self Portrait 1 by Joan Miró

A pastel confection, Self Portrait 1 by Joan Miró gives us a glimpse into the master’s psyche. Miró created a semblance of himself with pencil, pastel, and a bit of oil paint. But it stands out among other self portraits thanks to Miró’s constellation imagery, symbolism, and exaggeration. A Catalan artist native to Barcelona, Miró …

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Stationary Figure (1973) by Philip Guston

Stationary Figure by Philip GustonStationary-Figure by Philip Guston

What makes Philip Guston’s painting Stationary Figure a masterpiece?

– Passage of time and imminent death
– A child’s drawing… of pooling blood
– Preposterous solidity in a puff of smoke

The Embrace, 1917 by Egon Schiele

The Embrace 1917 by Egon Schiele

What’s so special about Egon Schiele’s 1917 painting, The Embrace?

– Starving, clinging lovers entwined
– When sick and twisted was hot
– La Bohème on canvas

Self Portrait in Tuxedo 1927 – Max Beckmann

Self Portrait in Tuxedo

How does Self Portrait in Tuxedo by Max Beckmann stand out among his many self portraits?

– James Bond in a mask
– The rebellious New Objectivity movement
– An avant garde figure