impressions of a schizophrenic and friends                         -Arae Webner 

Explore self portraits of famous impressionists starting at the turn of the 19th Century, leading into modern day. Although artists such as Monet and Renoir began as the true face of the impressionist movement, the artistic style has taken on many faces over the years. 

Van Gogh is often notorious for his striking self-portraits. The Dutch artist is featured in his painter's smock with a set of brushes and his colorful pallet. The man is mixed in with a muddle of blues and greens, his fiery red hair and striking eyes pulling him out of the painting. Van Gogh's use of color in combination with his hurried, frenzied brushstrokes sets his work apart.
From Van Gogh's portrait, which was completed in one sitting, to this self portrait by Cezanne. A man notorious for his long, time consuming process, he often took months to complete his works. Cezanne would often try to grasp the essence of what he painted, it's basic shape, it's impression.
Mary Cassatt was only known for a small number of self portraits. This watercolor work was created soon after she became involved with the French impressionists, helping her to promote the role of the modern woman. Cassatt's use of color suggests sunlight pouring in from her right side while a mixture of other colors paint the background. Cassatt's strong brush strokes highlight her consideration for mood and motion.
This 19th Century self-portrait of Cezanne was his first to enter the american art museum. Cezanne works the texture of his jacket into the canvas, seemingly made of the same fabric. His face is life-like, taking characteristics like his splotchy skin and rough features. The roughly painted and constructed portrait would almost fall in line with older styles of art without it's masterful use of texture and line structure.
Bastida's self portrait features him in his studio, pictured next to blank canvases. The portrait justifies him as a painter, his strong stance and dead set eyes look forward in confidence. He uses a depth of space and composition to define the image and create the impressionist work.
Frida's self portrait is by-far one of the most abstract in comparison to the rest of the collection. Although often considered surrealism, Frida argued her work leaned more into impressionism. Considering many of her paintings included self portraits and composition complimentary to the style. Her interpretation of shape and movement in her work constitutes her work as impressionism.
This self-portrait of Frida showcases a vastly different style of work for the artist. Originally created for her boyfriend, the impressionist seascape in the background is Frida's representation of life. This portrait showcases a stronger style of impression by the way the background captures the essence of the nature, common among many painters.
Schiele's young self portrait offers a new perspective on impressionism as the artist's influenced by the 20th century. Thoughtful use of color mixes the yellowed skin tones with the artist's grey-brown hair. This water color painting shows careful composition and use of color that reflects early impressionist works.
This self-portrait is among the most famous of Shiele's work. It's interesting to consider the cropping of the hair and torso and how the eyes look look opposite of the face in comparison to some of the self portraits taken by people today and how they composition themselves. Once again, Shiele's work contains strong, well constructed lines that work to create an interesting composition. In combination with the movement of the brushstrokes, Shiele's impressionist inspired work creates a more modern interpretation.
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