Seeing Ourselves: Women’s Self-Portraits

Seeing Ourselves: Women’s Self-Portraits
Library Shelf Location 06.WOME
Publication Date Jan 2018

This richly diverse exploration of female artists and self-portraits is a brilliant and poignant demonstration of originality in works of haunting variety. The two earliest self-portraits come from 12th-century illuminated manuscripts in which nuns gaze at us across eight centuries. In 16th-century Italy, Sofonisba Anguissola paints one of the longest series of self-portraits, spanning adolescence to old age. In 17th-century Holland, Judith Leyster shows herself at the easel as a relaxed, self-assured professional. In the 18th century, artists from Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun to Angelica Kauffman express both passion for their craft and the idea of femininity; and in the 19th the salons and art schools at last open their doors to a host of talented women artists, including Berthe Morisot, ushering in a new and resonant self-confidence. The modern period demolishes taboos: Alice Neel painting herself nude at eighty, Frida Kahlo rendering physical pain, Cindy Sherman exploring identity, Marlene Dumas dispensing with all boundaries. 

ISBN 9780500294024
Quantity 1
Pages 272p; 28 x 2.6 x 31.6 cm
Author Frances Borzello
Format Paperback
Publisher Thames and Hudson Ltd, London
Category Art by Subject
Keywords Women artists, Self-portraits
Language English

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