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The Self-Portrait (Art Essentials)

The Self-Portrait (Art Essentials)

Current price: $16.95
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2021
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
ISBN:
9780500295816
Pages:
176
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Description

A lively and accessible introduction to self- portraiture, reflecting on the work of over sixty artists from the Renaissance to the present day.

After six centuries, self-portraiture shows no sign of losing its ability to capture the public imagination. Self-portraits have the power to illuminate a range of universal concerns, from identity, purpose, and authenticity, to frailty, futility, and mortality.

In this new volume in the Art Essentials series, author Natalie Rudd expertly casts fresh light on the self-portrait and its international appeal, exploring the historical contexts within which self-portraits developed and considering the meanings they hold today. With commentaries on works by artists ranging from Jan van Eyck, Francisco Goya, and Vincent van Gogh, to Frida Kahlo, Faith Ringgold, and Cindy Sherman, this book explores the emotive and expressive potential of self-portraiture. The Self-Portrait also considers a wide range of materials available for self-expression, from painting and photography to installation and performance. In the process, the book explores the central question of why artists return to the self-portrait again and again. In her vibrant and timely text, Rudd dissects this and other important questions, revealing the shifting faces of individuality and selfhood in an age where we are interrogating notions of personal identity more than ever before.

About the Author

Natalie Rudd is senior curator of the UK’s Arts Council Collection. She has published monographs on the artists Peter Blake, Tess Jaray, and Paul de Monchaux, among others, and is the author of The Self-Portrait in the Art Essentials series.