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Elaine de Kooning Self-Portrait

Elaine de Kooning Self-Portrait
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Alternate Title
Self-Portrait #3
Artist
Elaine de Kooning, 12 Mar 1918 - 1 Feb 1989
Sitter
Elaine de Kooning, 12 Mar 1918 - 1 Feb 1989
Date
1946
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on Masonite
Dimensions
Stretcher: 75.6 x 57.5cm (29 3/4 x 22 5/8") (6/24/13 exam form: 30 1/4 x 23)
Frame: 98.4 x 79.7 x 4.1cm (38 3/4 x 31 3/8 x 1 5/8") (6/24/13 exam form: 38 3/4 x 31 1/2 x 1 1/2)
Topic
Home Furnishings\Furniture
Printed Material\Book
Artwork
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower
Interior\Studio\Art
Self-portrait
Elaine de Kooning: Female
Elaine de Kooning: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
Portrait
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
NPG.94.81
Exhibition Label
Self-Portrait #3
This painting and one similar to it in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City are the most fully realized of Elaine’s self-portraits of the 1940s. Its coloring is similar to Willem’s work from around the same time, but it fully asserts Elaine’s own presence as an artist and a portraitist. She has presented herself in what may be a studio setting, but she is holding a sketchbook rather than painting materials. Clad in trousers, turtleneck, and smock, she confronts the viewer directly, the hallmark of a self-portrait. The painting includes a number of still-life objects that reflect her years of intense tutorials with Willem; he compelled her to look at objects and the spaces between them to develop her sense of pictorial organization. As she recalled: "Everything was a matter of tension between objects or edges and space."
Esta pintura y otra parecida que se encuentra en el Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York son los autorretratos más logrados de Elaine en la década de 1940. Su colorido se asemeja al de las obras de Willem en esa época, pero deja bien establecida la personalidad propia de Elaine como artista y retratista. Aquí la vemos en lo que podría ser su taller, pero en vez de sus instrumentos de pintura tiene en las manos un cuaderno de bocetos. Vestida con pantalones, suéter de cuello alto y blusón, mira directamente al observador, un detalle distintivo de los autorretratos. Se observan varios objetos típicos de los bodegones; esto refleja sus años de intensa práctica con Willem, quien insistía en que analizara los objetos y los espacios entre ellos para desarrollar un sentido de organización pictórica. Recordaba que: “Todo era cuestión de la tensión entre los objetos o bordes y el espacio”.
Provenance
The artist; her estate; (Lindsay & Thomas, Inc. [Joan T. Washburn], New York); purchased 1994 NPG
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition
2022 Paper Rotations
On View
NPG, South Gallery 321