Self- Portraits

One of the most popular subjects for artists to use - self portraits allow the viewer to see inside the mind of the artist and how they see themselves. An artist might be telling a personal story, dealing with psychological instability, or using the familiarity of themselves to showcase their technical abilities as an artist.

Often using her artwork to display her personal struggles, relationships, and view of herself. In this, the Kahlo's spine has been replaced with a broken and unstable column . This use of self portrait gives the viewer an insight to the true reality of the artist.
Compared to the smooth contour lines Schiele used in his drawing of his wife, this self portrait has been speculated to reflect the artists distorted image of himself and his own psychological state.
Vincent van Gogh struggled with depression and it often reflects in his artwork.
A contrast to the previous self-portrait, the viewer can often sense changes in van Gogh's mental state by noting the changes in how he sees himself.
The detailed curls and highlights in the hair of Rembrandt's self portrait - the artist was able to use one of his most frequently used subjects to hone in on the smallest details of light.
This self portrait shows how Mazzola sought fresh and innovative ideas on perspective.
Gentileschi was often subject to scrutiny because she was a rarity among the male dominated art society. By using her artistic mastery to depict herself as a painter, she became more recognized by her peers.
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