“Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

Pablo Picasso

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent van Gogh

Self-Portrait Paintings (c.1400 BCE – present) [*]

Self-portraiture is a long established form of portrait art, dating from Ancient Egypt. Since then, many of the Old Masters as well as modern artists have reproduced their own image in a variety of media, for a variety of artistic, commercial and self-promotional motives. Indeed, the history of art has witnessed several examples of artists executing repetitive self-portraits, sometimes for emotional reasons.

Recent examples of this compulsive self-portrait painting include works by the Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh (1853-90), the German Expressionist draughtsman and short-lived prodigy Egon Schiele (1890-1918), and the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54).

NOTE: The two most expensive self-portraits sold at auction are: Portrait of the Artist Without a Beard (1889) by Van Gogh, sold at Christie’s in 1998 for $71.5 million; and Six Self Portraits (1986) by Andy Warhol, sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2014 for $26.7 million. See also Andy Warhol’s Pop Art of the 60s.”

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Below is a gallery of notable self portraits along with quotations from each artist.

Artists Included in the Gallery:
Albrecht Durer, Artemisia Gentileschi, Claude Monet, Diego Velazquez, Eduoard Manet, Edvard Munch, Frida Kahlo, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jan van Eyck, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Leonardo da Vinci, Lucian Freud, Mary Cassat, Michaelangelo, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gaugin, Raphael, Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh and Yayoi Kusama.

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