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Lois Dodd Self-Portrait

Lois Dodd Self-Portrait
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Artist
Lois Dodd, born 22 Apr 1927
Sitter
Lois Dodd, born 22 Apr 1927
Date
1989
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on masonite
Dimensions
Board: 42.5 × 37.5 × 0.3 cm (16 3/4 × 14 3/4 × 1/8")
Frame: 43.8 × 39.1 × 3.5 cm (17 1/4 × 15 3/8 × 1 3/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Rebecca Mitchell and Ben Harris
Restrictions & Rights
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Copyright
© Lois Dodd, courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York
Object number
NPG.2018.56
Exhibition Label
Lois Dodd, active in the New York art world since the 1950s, is known for the cityscapes that she painted from her New York studio window and the landscapes that she did in the woods and gardens of her Maine summer house. As the only woman founder of the Tanager Gallery, an influential artist-run gallery in the East Village, she helped form an outlet for emerging artists whose work the established New York galleries would not exhibit. Although surrounded by the Abstract Expressionists, Dodd created a unique style of realism. Her maxim, "The more you look, the more you see," provides a guide to viewing this self-portrait, where she peers through oversized glasses toward the viewer, with a questioning gaze. A black hat frames her wild hair, giving her an eccentric appearance, while the lavender, green, orange, and yellow tones shadowing her face resemble the colors from nature seen in her landscapes.
Lois Dodd, activa en el mundo del arte neoyorquino desde la década de 1950, es conocida por los paisajes urbanos que pintó desde la ventana de su estudio en Nueva York y los paisajes de bosques y jardines realizados en su casa de veraneo en Maine. Siendo la única mujer entre los fundadores de la Tanager Gallery, influyente galería administrada por artistas en el East Village, Dodd ayudó a crear una plataforma para los artistas emergentes cuya obra no querían exhibir las galerías establecidas de la ciudad. Aunque rodeada de expresionistas abstractos, Dodd desarrolló un estilo único de realismo. Su consigna "mientras más miras, más ves" sirve de guía para observar este autorretrato donde mira de reojo al observador tras unos grandes lentes, con gesto inquisitivo. Un sombrero negro le enmarca el pelo desordenado, dándole una apariencia excéntrica, mientras los tonos lavanda, verde, naranja y amarillo que le sombrean el rostro recuerdan los colores de la naturaleza que vemos en sus paisajes.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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