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Self-Portrait

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Self-Portrait

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Chuck Close
American, born 1940

Date

2002–2003

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

2004.1

Dimensions

72 x 60 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Chuck Close’s meticulous approach to representation has redefined portraiture over the last four decades, and has repeatedly returned to the self-portrait as a subject. With his exclusive focus on the face, Close constantly reinvents the formal composition inherent in portraiture–a multiplicity of shapes, colors, and techniques are often marshaled together by the artist to create an aggregate image of his subject. His seemingly endless compositional variations result from his use of a grid as a system for simultaneously rendering the overall likeness of his subjects while creating abstraction in the detail of his paintings.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund

Image Copyright

© Chuck Close, courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York


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