Leonardo da Vinci, Self Portrait, c.1510-15
George Caleb Bingham, Self Portrait of the Artist, 1834-35
Kazimir Malevich, Self Portrait, 1912
Pietro Perugino, Self Portrait, 1497-1500
Pyotr Konchalovsky, Self Portrait, 1910
Nathan Altman, Self Portrait, 1911
Rembrandt, Self Portrait, 1660
ART TIMELINE: 1925
Georges Braque, Guitar, Plate, Fruit Dish, Pitcher and Music Score, 1925
Tamara de Lempicka, Self Portrait in the Green Bugatti, 1925
Kees van Dongen, Portrait of Lily Damita, 1925-26
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: August Macke, 1887-1914
Lady in a Green Jacket (1913), Self-Portrait (1906), View into a Lane (1914)
August Macke was a German painter and member of the Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), along with Wassily Kandinsky, Alexej von Jawlensky and others. The group was active between 1911 and 1914, also the year of Macke’s death, and came at a crucial stage in the development of an avant-garde German art.
Macke’s interests in Fauvism and Cubism are both pretty clear in his works, and it is this combination that I believe makes his style so distinctive (if you are particularly fond of this painting style, then have a look at the work of Italian Scoula Romana painter Raffaele Frumenti: I have always thought his work looks influenced by Macke’s, specifically concerning colour and form.) You can view a complete online gallery of his work at AugusteMacke.org.
Jan Steen, Self Portrait, 1670
Aubrey Beardsley, 1920, Self Portrait
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Washington Allston, 1779-1843
Washington Allston was an American painter, who studied at Harvard University, before locating to London to study art at the Royal Academy under fellow American Benjamin West. He is perhaps most famous for his landscapes and seascapes, but he also painted portraits (my favourite Allston portrait is of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who described Allston as ‘the first genius produced by the Western world’). Allston also dabbled with poetry and published several volumes of his work.
Favourite female self portraits (L-R) Lee Krasner, Sofonisba Anguissola, Zinaida Serebriakova, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Artemisia Gentileschi, Gwen John
Natalia Goncharova, 1907, Self Portrait
Natalia Goncharova was a Russian painter associated with the Cubo-Futurist movement. She was also co-founder of the Rayonist style, along with her husband Mikhail Larionov.
Favourite male self portraits (L-R) Gustave Courbet, John French Sloan, Raphael, Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, Lorenzo Lotto, Albrecht Durer, Francis Bacon, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, David Wilkie