In the Picture: Portraying the Artist

In the Picture: Portraying the Artist

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Exhibition Catalog

Nienke Bakker et al. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 2020. Published in association with Uitgeverij Thoth, Bussum.

208 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 24 x 17 cm. In English. Paperbound.

ISBN 9789068688023

Some 75 portraits offer a multifaceted introduction to the wealth of self-portraits and portraits produced by artists of each other in the second half of the 19th century and the early 20th century. Key themes include identity and image-building. In the Picture unites major names and new faces. In addition to portraits by Vincent van Gogh, the exhibition features works by artists including Edvard Munch, Gustave Courbet, Francis Bacon and Helene Schjerfbeck. The exhibition also presents work by modern and contemporary artists who have been inspired by Van Gogh’s self-portraits. Blending reality and fiction -- Throughout the 19th century, the portrait as an artistic genre becomes increasingly popular. There was also growing interest in the artist as creative genius. The portrait of the artist themselves (the ‘artists’ portrait’) therefore becomes a highly popular subgenre in the 19th century. Self-portraits, portraits produced by artists of each other and studio portraits come in all shapes and sizes, but they all share one key connection: they are (re)presentations of the artists, in which the boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- 1800-1900 ; 1900-1945 -- Painting --

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