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Below are biographies and analysis of work by artists that had a significant number of self-portraits that they created as part of their overall work.

Self-Portrait Artists: 30 of 313 Total Artists
Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven Biography, Art & Analysis

Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven

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Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven Famous Art

Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, the provocateur and essential catalyst for New York Dada movement, upended notions of what was considered art.

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Beckmann, Max Biography, Art & Analysis

Beckmann, Max

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Max Beckmann was a German artist, writer, and philosopher commonly associated with the Expressionist movement of the early twentieth century. He abhorred the label 'Expressionism', but juxtaposed scenes from reality by layering figures, colors, and shadows.

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Bell, Leland Biography, Art & Analysis

Bell, Leland

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Leland Bell was an American painter and founding teacher of the New York Studio School. A contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists, his work nonetheless maintained aquasi-figurative, quasi-abstract style.

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Bellmer, Hans Biography, Art & Analysis

Bellmer, Hans

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Hans Bellmer was a twentieth-century German avant-garde photographer and draughtsman, commonly associated with the Surrealism movement. Bellmer is best known for creating a series of pubescent female dolls in the 1930s, which were designed as a direct criticism of Nazi-controlled Germany and its idealization of the perfect human form. Bellmer eventually fled Germany for Paris and was embraced by Breton and the French Surrealists.

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Beuys, Joseph Biography, Art & Analysis

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Joseph Beuys was a German multi- and mixed-media artist best known for incorporating ideas of humanism, social philosophy and politics into his art. Beuys practiced everything from installation and performance art to traditional painting and "social sculpture." He was continually motivated by the belief of universal human creativity.

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Cahun, Claude Biography, Art & Analysis

Cahun, Claude

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Cahun, Claude Famous Art

Cahun's photographs are renowned for blurring the lines between gender and sexuality, as illustrated in her Surrealist-inspired and non-gender specific photomontages and self-portraits.

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Carrington, Leonora Biography, Art & Analysis

Carrington, Leonora

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Carrington, Leonora Famous Art

Leonora Carrington art is often dreamlike imagery with highly detailed compositions of fantastical creatures in otherworldly settings. Her themes of metamorphosis and magic, as well as its frequent whimsy, have given it an enduring appeal.

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Clemente, Francesco Biography, Art & Analysis

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Francesco Clemente is an Italian painter commonly associated with the Neo-Expressionist movement, otherwise known as Italian Transavantguardia. Much of his work fuses sexuality with an emotional rawness and brutality. Clemente's paintings also contain visual elements of Surrealism.

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Close, Chuck Biography, Art & Analysis

Close, Chuck

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Chuck Close is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist through his large-scale portraits. Though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he has continued to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors.

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Dalí, Salvador Biography, Art & Analysis

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Salvador Dalí was a Spanish Surrealist painter who combined a hyperrealist style with dream-like, sexualized subject matter. His collaborations with Hollywood and commercial ventures, alongside his notoriously dramatic personality, earned him scorn from some Surrealist colleagues.

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Dine, Jim Biography, Art & Analysis

Dine, Jim

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Jim Dine is an American painter commonly associated with the Neo-Dada and Pop art movements. In addition to showing alongside such Pop icons as Warhol, Lichtenstein and Ruscha, Dine is also well known for collaborating with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and John Cage on a series of "happenings".

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Dix, Otto Biography, Art & Analysis

Dix, Otto

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Otto Dix is one of modern painting's most savage satirists. After many artists had abandoned portraiture for abstraction in the 1910s, Dix injected sharp caricatures into his pictures of some of the leading lights of German society. His other narrative subjects are remembered for their indictment of corrupt and immoral life in the modern city.

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Estes, Richard Biography, Art & Analysis

Estes, Richard

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Estes, Richard Famous Art

Richard Estes was an American artist and one of the founding figures of the Photorealist movement of the late 1960s. Playing with the optical effects of reflective surfaces and natural light, his work largely deals with the postwar urban environment, depicting the ornate window displays, shiny storefront veneers, and expansive cityscape views of New York City.

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Gauguin, Paul Biography, Art & Analysis

Gauguin, Paul

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Paul Gauguin was a French Post-Impressionist artist who employed color fields and painterly strokes in his work. He is best known for his primitivist depictions of native life in Tahiti and Polynesia.

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Goncharova, Natalia Biography, Art & Analysis

Goncharova, Natalia

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Goncharova, Natalia Famous Art

Goncharova was part of the Russian avant garde generation involved in a relentless exploration of different visual styles. She also co-founded Rayonism with her life partner Mikhail Larionov.

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Kahlo, Frida Biography, Art & Analysis

Kahlo, Frida

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Kahlo, Frida Famous Art

Frida Kahlo is a twentieth-century Mexican artist whose work has a strong autobiographical component as it addresses issues of feminism and nationalism. Her work is often associated with Surrealism and she is best known for her many, often uncanny self-portraits.

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Kokoschka, Oskar Biography, Art & Analysis

Kokoschka, Oskar

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Oskar Kokoschka was an Austrian Expressionist painter, poet and playwright. His work is intertwined with the stormy and dramatic life of affairs, fleeing the Nazis and eventually settling in Switzerland as a master of Expressionism.

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Koons, Jeff Biography, Art & Analysis

Koons, Jeff

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Jeff Koons is an American sculptor, painter and Neo-Pop artist, best known for mirror-finished stainless steel constructions of animals and everyday objects. Koons' works are often large public installations, in which viewers are invited to interact with his art.

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Lempicka, Tamara de Biography, Art & Analysis

Lempicka, Tamara de

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Lempicka, Tamara de Famous Art

Tamara de Lempicka specilized in a works that stylized Cubist ideas in modern, fashionable portraits in The Art Deco style. Despite their decorative quality, De Lempicka's paintings are now regarded as the quintessential images of the bygone age.

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Mapplethorpe, Robert Biography, Art & Analysis

Mapplethorpe, Robert

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Mapplethorpe, Robert Famous Art

Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer known for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers and nude men. The frank, homosexual eroticism of some his work triggered a more general controversy about the public funding of artworks and censorship.

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Self-Portrait Artists: 30 of 313 Total Artists



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