Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Woman Artist - Self-Portraits - Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946)

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Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) 1890 Photo

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) painted at least 36 self-portraits throughout her career. The older she became, the more isolated she became. Her later portraits reveal a sort of visual confrontational self-analysis. Between 1939 & 1945, not long before her death, she produced her most impressive series of self-portraits, in which she records her own physical deterioration with shocking honesty. Her facial features become increasingly hollow, until only the ghost of a skull remains. This uncompromising series of portraits can be intensely emotional for some viewers & just plain frightening for others, especially those who find themselves growing quickly older with each passing day.

See additional postings on Helene Schjerfbeck here.

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) Self Portrait 1885

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) Self Portrait 1884-5

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946) Self Portrait 1912

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946) Self Portrait 1915

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) Self Portrait

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) Self Portrait

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) Self Portrait

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) Self Portrait

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) Self Portrait

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) Self-Portrait with Red Spot, 1944

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) An Old Painter 1945

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) Self Portrait 1940s
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