Ever wonder what artists think of themselves? Here are 10 paintings that may tell us.
From Modernists to Impressionists, these artists loved a good selfie as much as we all do. But without a smartphone handy, they took their snaps in paint. Check out some of the most infamous, and should-be-famous, selfies gone artistic.
10 Chuck Close
Chuck Close has famously played with portraiture for decades, and eventually turned his eye onto himself with this comically shocked face.
9 Frida Kahlo
Frida was an expert selfie taker in paint form, and her inclusion of animals whisked in a sense of whimsy. (They’ve been said to represent the kids she didn’t have with Diego Rivera)
He may sound like a cheese, but this artist’s work was anything but. His intriguing fisheye lens perspective was remarkably ahead of his time and added a touch of humor.
7 Vincent Van Gogh
Maybe the most famous of the bunch for his self-portraits, but it’s worth noting that Van Gogh showed his many sides, but never the earless one.
6 Diego Rivera
Rivera’s anything but serious. He even called himself “the Great Señor Frog-Toad”, playing up his bugged eyes in this picture he gave to his daughter, Ruth.
5 Nora Heysen
Nora’s portrait helped her emerge from the shadow of her artist dad, and playfully referenced Vermeer’s style, giving that classic European style her own confident twist as a female artist.
4 Johann Zoffany
Johann’s old school-style selfie showed him as David slaying Goliath. It was a pretty bold self-confident move, and one that played up his youthful beauty a little braggingly.
3 Ivan Albright
Ivan’s self-portrait was a labor of love - it took him over six years to finish it. Like Diego, he was a man of so little ego, he showed every wrinkle and wild hair on his face.
2 Alice Bailly
Alice amusingly played with Dada movement when she decided to turn her brush on herself. It’s a playful take, emphasizing parts of her body while playing peekaboo with one half of her face.
1 Edvard Munch
Munch earns the top spot for his striking piece, showing his face honestly against the inky backdrop and weaving in a reference to the ever-present mortality with the skeleton arm draped across the bottom of the frame. Talk about a chillingly stylish portrait.