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Kurt Vonnegut Self-Portrait

Kurt Vonnegut Self-Portrait
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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 11 Nov 1922 - 11 Apr 2007
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 11 Nov 1922 - 11 Apr 2007
Sheet: 76.5 x 57cm (30 1/8 x 22 7/16")
Mat: 91.4 x 71.1cm (36 x 28")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
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Novelist Kurt Vonnegut, highly regarded for a style that blended science fiction and surrealism-evident in the novels Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five-was also a prolific draftsman. "I've drawn all my life," he explained, routinely signing and dating the images that covered his manuscripts. In 1973, he integrated his drawings into Breakfast of Champions, or Goodbye Blue Monday! The spirited conviction and wry sense of humor that animated Vonnegut's writing also infused his pictures, including this self-portrait, in which he portrayed himself with yellow hair. "I asked many people . . . when . . . their art gave them the most satisfaction," Vonnegut reported. "All replied without hesitation that they were most at one with the universe when making a picture in perfect solitude. All the rest [critical and commercial success] by comparison was annoying balderdash. I say that, too."
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