The Selfie / The Self Portrait

Don’t confuse the  ‘Selfie’  with the Self Portrait. They’re not the same !

The Self Portrait within all art genres has a long and distinguished history. Few artists have not at some point turned their attention to themselves. The Self as subject matter for their art, be it drawing, painting, sculpture or photography. Carefully considered and executed.

Rembrandt committed to the self portrait throughout his life. It was a sustained and consistent body of work which documented his own ageing process. He didn’t falter in his honesty.

Rembrandt  “Selfie”

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Stanley Spencer “Selfie”

 

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